How to Care for Your Smile During a Dental Disaster

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Oral injuries are not fun. They can be scary, overwhelming, and extremely painful. Just like a natural disaster, it’s best to have a plan in case of an emergency. If you have a plan for an oral injury, you will know what to do during the stressful and nerve-wracking time. So, to help you create a plan, our Scholes Family Dental team encourages you to include the following things in the written details:

-For a knocked-out tooth: If you’ve knocked a tooth out of your mouth, then try to find the tooth and keep it in a safe place. If it’s in multiple pieces, try to save as much of it as you can. In order for your dentist to save your tooth, it needs to remain alive. So, to keep it alive, put it between your gums and cheek, in a glass of milk, or in a glass of water with a pinch of table salt. If possible, you can also purchase a tooth-preservation product at the store.

-For a broken bridge or crown: If you’ve broken a dental bridge or dental crown, then it’s important to avoid wiggling or playing with it. Moving it in any way could harm the abutment that is anchoring it. If it has fallen out of your mouth, make sure to keep it in a safe place so your dentist can put it back into your mouth. You can also try using over-the-counter dental cement to cement it back into place. Do not use superglue.

-For an injured tongue: If you’ve injured your tongue, rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater. This will help you assess the injury. Try to stop the bleeding by placing a wet washcloth or gauze pad on the injured area. Apply pressure if possible. If the bleeding doesn’t stop in about 30 minutes, please visit the nearest urgent care facility.

If you use these provided tips, your chances of restoring your smile will be increased. To learn more about what to do during a dental emergency in Couer d'Alene, Idaho, please call our office today at 208-667-1578 and talk to your dentist, Dr. Michael Scholes, or a member of our dental team. We are happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!