Are you prepared for a dental emergency? This may seem like a silly question but it happens to hundreds of people each day. Unfortunately, most of these people are not prepared for this type of an emergency.
One of the main things that you need to know about a dental emergency is that you need to contact your dentist as soon as possible. Therefore, the first thing that you should do is to have all of his contact information on your phone. This will allow you to make an appointment.
Most people do not realize that the majority of dentists set aside a bit of time each day for emergencies. Therefore, never assume that your dentist will be too busy to see if you have a dental emergency. A dental emergency takes priority in most dental offices.
When you have a dental emergency there are things that you can do while you wait for your appointment. Obviously, if you are in pain you will need to take some type of pain medication. It should be noted that you can probably save your tooth if you see the dentist within the first two hours.
If you have a tooth that has been knocked out of your mouth you will need to visit your dentist immediately. Make sure that you pick up the tooth by the crown and do not touch any part of an exposed root. Take the tooth and gently wash it in lukewarm water. Do not try to scrub the tooth clean or remove any of the attached tissue.
If you are doing this in a sink make sure that you have the drain cover in place so as to not accidentally wash your tooth down the drain. Then take your choose with you to your dental appointment.