Be Prepared For The Worst: Dental Emergencies
You’ve probably heard someone say to “prepare for the worst and hope for the best” or something similar during your life.
In dentistry, one of the worst things that can happen is a dental emergency. This is why it is important that you know who to call and what to do in different situations. We hope you never need to do these things, but you want to be ready to act if needed.
First, save the phone number for Hubbard & Leath Dental, 248.266.2528. Store it in your cell phone. Keep it on your refrigerator with your list of emergency phone numbers. Just be sure you can contact our dentist office if you are in or near Rochester Hills, MI, when you really need it.
We know many dental emergencies occurs outside our regular hours. We have a 24-hour answering service for this very reason.
Your Dental First Aid Kit
You probably have some first aid supplies in your home and maybe you have a spare kit in your vehicle as well. Everyone understands that accidents happen, and you want to be able to help yourself or someone else if the need arises.
Some items in your first aid kit are useful in dental emergencies as well:
◼ Latex or vinyl gloves — In dental emergencies, you may be coming in contact with another person’s saliva or blood. Wearing gloves can help protect you while you provide assistance.
◼ Gauze — Gauze can be used in a few ways in emergency dental care. You can apply gauze to soak up blood from a cut or other injury. You also can use gauze to clean up an injured area, and gauze can be used to cover a broken tooth to reduce the risk of an accidental cut to softer tissues like your tongue, lips, or cheeks.
◼ Pain medicine — It’s no surprise that dental emergencies can be painful. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever can help alleviate that pain until you able to see a dentist.
We want to make a special note here as well. You should not hold aspirin inside your mouth. Doing this can cause chemical burns on your soft tissues, which could make your dental emergency worse.
There are other items that are good to have in a dental emergency that you may not find in a standard first aid kit. Here are some of the other items you may want to keep handy:
◼ Dental floss — If you are suffering from a toothache, dental floss can be used to remove food or plaque that may be stuck between your teeth and gums. Sometimes this is all that is needed to end the pain. If the pain persists, you will want to see a dentist as soon as you are able.
◼ Temporary tooth filling material — This can be applied to a tooth to make temporary repairs to broken dental crowns, inlays, and onlays, and to lost dental fillings.
◼ Dental wax — This can be used like gauze to cover broken teeth in an effort to prevent accidental cuts to the soft tissues of your mouth. Likewise, the wax can be used to cover the exposed ends of broken wires (braces).
Seeing A Dentist Is Important In Any Dental Emergency
For the most serious dental emergencies, we make every effort to see you as soon as possible at our dentist office in Rochester Hills, MI, regardless of the day or time. In many situations, we can help you find a temporary solution until you are able to see the dentist.
At the same time, we make emergency dental patients a priority during our regular hours. And since we have two dentists at Hubbard & Leath Dental and several well-trained team members, we are able to deal with many emergency situations during our regular hours.
As the old saying goes, the time to fix the roof is when the sun it out. Likewise, the time to prepare for a dental emergency is when everything is fine with your mouth.
Take some time to put together a dental emergency kit or to add some dental supplies to your first aid kit.
Also, take some time to learn what to do in different kinds of dental emergencies. You can find some resources in our previous blogs, including this one. The American Dental Association also has information on its websites.
We know that you can’t prevent every possible emergency situation, but you can reduce your risk of problems like tooth infections and severe gum disease with routine dental care at Hubbard & Leath Dental.