May 30, 2018
Unfortunately, you can’t control everything in life. If that were the case, there wouldn’t be any dental accidents because patients want to keep their smile’s in good health and aesthetics! That’s just not how life works, though. Dental emergencies are real, and you need to know what to do when they occur. Thankfully, your emergency dentist in Arlington is here to help you prepare for that moment just in case it unexpectedly happens to you.
What is a Dental Emergency?
If you’re in pain or your smile is damaged, you’re probably experiencing a dental emergency that needs to be addressed by your emergency dentist—not any general doctor, friend, or family member. Why not even a doctor? In most cases, your local doctor or even the nurses at the emergency room will refer you to a dental specialist, which wastes valuable time needed to save your smile from permanent damage.
Anytime that you experience excruciating dental pain, bleeding, swelling, or damaged/lost teeth, you should give your local dentist a call. However, there are a few less urgent accidents that could happen, like food stuck between your teeth.
These are the dental emergencies that you need to be aware of and know that you need a dentist’s help right away!
- Bleeding of the mouth that won’t stop.
- A lost tooth.
- A damaged dental restoration.
- A painful toothache.
Stay Prepared At Home and On the Go!
Along with dental emergency information, you can become more prepared by putting together an emergency dental kit. This will help you to maintain serious dental emergencies while you travel to the dentist’s office. It can help to keep one handy in the house and one in your car as well.
This kit should include:
- Rubber gloves for sanitary reasons.
- Alcohol wipes to clean necessary items or areas of the mouth.
- Gauze pads to help control bleeding.
- Dental wax to temporarily cover damaged dental restorations.
- Pain reliever(acetaminophen or aspirin) to manage dental pain.
- Topical anesthetic to help with brief numbing.
- Salt to dissolve into warm water for disinfecting purposes.
- Floss to dislodge items that may be stuck between teeth.
With this kit, you should be able to address most minor dental emergencies themselves. This kit will also buy you time when trying to save your smile and make it to your local dental practice.
Finally, the last thing that you can do to stay prepared is add your dental practice’s contact information into your cell phone! This way, they’re stored in your contacts and only a single call away from helping you.
About Our Office
Here at South Arlington Dental Care, we don’t want you to suffer from dental pain, even if you have a scary dental accident. You can rely on us to give you effective advice over the phone and do our best to schedule a same-day visit for you to get the care you need to save your smile from permanent damage.
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