Hello there, Winter Haven friends! We all know life can be unpredictable, and sometimes, that unpredictability extends to our oral health. Dental emergencies can happen at inconvenient times, like over the holidays, but being prepared and knowing when to take action can make all the difference.
In this blog, we’ll explore first aid for dental problems at home and help you understand when it’s time to reach out to Smiles of Winter Haven dentist.
Common Dental Emergencies and What to Do
Toothache Troubles: Ah, the dreaded toothache. If you find yourself with a persistent toothache, start by rinsing your mouth gently with warm water to remove any debris. Floss carefully to ensure nothing is stuck between your teeth, as this can sometimes be the culprit. If the pain persists, it’s time to schedule an appointment with us.
Knocked-Out Tooth: Accidents happen, and a knocked-out tooth can be a shocker. In this case, gently rinse the tooth (holding it by the crown, not the root) and gently try to place it back into its socket. If that’s not possible, keep it in a glass of milk or saliva, and get to our Winter Haven dental office immediately.
Cracked or Chipped Tooth: If you’ve cracked or chipped a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. Call Smiles of Winter Haven right away so we can assess the damage and provide the necessary treatment.
Lost Filling or Crown: Losing a filling or crown can be uncomfortable. While you wait for your appointment, you can try placing the filling or crown back in its place using over the counter dental cement. However, this is just a temporary fix, so make sure to schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible. You will want to be very cautious when eating so you don’t accidentally swallow your filling or crown.
Soft Tissue Injuries: If you’ve injured your gums, tongue, or cheeks, rinse your mouth with warm, salty water and apply gentle pressure with a clean cloth to stop any bleeding. If the bleeding doesn’t stop or the injury is severe, it’s time to see your Winter Haven dentist.
At Smiles of Winter Haven, we understand that dental emergencies can be stressful, and we’re here to provide you with the care and support you need. Remember, your oral health is our priority, and we’re just a phone call away.
Stay safe, stay prepared, and know that Smiles of Winter Haven is here to keep your smiles healthy and bright!