Emergencies are just that -- unplanned for! However, a little preparation can help you know how to act during a dental emergency and may be the difference between saving a tooth or not. Whether your summer holds travel plans, a staycation, or just a little extra pool time after work, the tips below will help you protect your pearly whites during a dental emergency.
1. Ensure You’re Up to Date on Cleanings & Exams
We recommend that our patients visit us every six months for professional cleanings and an exam from Dr. Ernst. This allows our team to keep an eye on any potential problem areas before they develop into a serious condition. Before your head out for a summer vacation, make sure you’re up to date on your dental appointments -- nothing can derail plans faster than a toothache that could have been avoided with some preventive care!
2. Do Your Research
If your summer plans include travel, do some basic research on your destination. It’s always a good idea to know about nearby hospitals and dentists, in the event something happens.
3. Protect Yourself
With many common dental conditions, the best defense is a good offense. Be sure you’re brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing each day, as this limits your risk for cavities, gum disease, and a variety of other conditions. Additionally, if you plan to partake in contact sports or extreme activities, wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth.
4. Learn Some Basic Care
Knowing how to react in the event of a dental emergency can make all the difference. For example, if you or a loved one loses a tooth, try to rinse the tooth and gently place it back in its socket or between your gums and cheek while you seek dental care. You can also place the tooth in a glass of milk in a pinch. This can keep the tooth from drying out and may allow it to be saved.
To ask our team any questions about your oral health or to schedule your next appointment, call us today!