Conversations about first aid and first aid training come up all the time, but one element of first aid that’s often overlooked is that which involves your teeth. While many people know what to do in case of a cut or burn, how quickly can you think of the proper first steps for a tooth that’s been knocked out? If you don’t know the answer to this question, you’re not alone. Dental first aid can go a long way towards saving teeth that would otherwise be lost and preventing dental trauma going from bad to worse before you can get treatment. With this guide, you’ll know what to do when the most common dental emergencies come up.
When Teeth Become Loose
Believe it or not, loose teeth actually qualify as a dental emergency for anyone older than 10. Our adult teeth should never become loose. If they become loose following any form of trauma to the face, it’s essential that you see your dentist immediately. A quick trip to the ER may be in order, and your dentist may opt to meet you there to ensure that your jaw isn’t broken. This kind of injury is often overlooked in the hospital if it isn’t too severe to be missed.
Lost a Tooth? Act Fast!
The first thing that needs to happen when a tooth has been knocked out is picking it up and rinsing it off. While you do this, it’s essential that you avoid touching the root. Once cleaned of debris, you can attempt to gently push the tooth back in place, which will help it start to heal and protect it from drying out on your way to the dentist’s office. If this isn’t a possibility, put it in a glass of milk or just gently put it in your mouth between gum and tooth to keep it moist. The tooth needs to be back in place in 30 minutes, or you can consider it lost.
Responding To Tooth Or Jaw Pain
If you’re experiencing a significant amount of oral pain, your first step is going to be to determine its nature. If the pain occurs as you bite down, you likely are experiencing a cracked tooth or an abscess. If the pain can be treated with Tylenol, schedule an appointment with your dentist ASAP. If it’s unbearable, it’s time to get to your ER and seek treatment. Serious pain can be indicative of serious problems, and at the very least, it’s going to be impossible to find relief until you see your dentist without a trip to the professionals.
These are just a selection of the most common emergencies involving your teeth that you may experience. Knowing what to do can keep your dental bill downs, and keep your smile looking great. If you want to learn more about dental first aid, make a call to 3D Dentistry today. You’ll be penciled in for an appointment with Dr. Victor Bustos at our offices in Bradenton, FL. During your appointment, your oral health will be ascertained, and recommendations made for courses of treatment. While you’re at your appointment, be sure to ask your hygienist and dentist about first aid steps!