Have you ever suffered an oral emergency before? Oral emergencies are accidents or injuries that take place in your facial area and often require visitation to a doctor or dentist. Listed below are common keys to help treat oral emergencies before professional help can be given:
– If you have an item stuck in your mouth, try using an interdental cleaner such as dental floss to remove the item. Never use sharp objects to try and eject them.
– If a tooth becomes dislodged or falls out, it may be possible to save it by placing it in milk or an approved tooth-saving product such as Save-A-Tooth, until a trip to your dentist to allow them to set it properly into place is organized.
– If you have a bitten lip or tongue, wash your mouth out with water to keep the wound clean and apply gauze until the bleeding stops. If you severely bite your lip and tongue, you may need to see a doctor for stitches.
– If you have lost a filling, use a piece of chewing gum or dental cement to conceal the area until you get treatment. If you have lost a dental crown, conceal the area with a cotton swab ideally coated in clove oil.
– If you crack or fracture a tooth, sanitize the area around the tooth so it is clean and clear of any residue or debris and use gauze on the wound to slow the bleeding until it stops.
If you would like to learn more about oral emergencies or to book a professional oral health care examination with Solomon & Wright Associates, P.C., contact us at our dentist office in Melrose, Massachusetts. Our number is 781-665-5222. Dr. David Solomon and our entire team look forward to your visit.