Emergency situations should never be taken lightly. They may be quite dangerous, and people should always take the time to prepare for them. It could save a life, or at the very least, make someone’s day that much less stressful.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when you find yourself in a dental emergency.
1 Have a Plan of Action
Dental Emergency can happen anytime and anywhere, which is why having a plan of action is crucial. In the first ten minutes after an injury, bleeding may stop on its own, but it can take up to thirty minutes for blood pressure to return to normal levels. So now more than ever comes the time where you need your wits about you and fast reaction time
Dentists recommend that patients have their dental records somewhere they always carry with them even if they’re not visiting their dentist as frequently as they should be.
2 Stay Calm
Panic can spread quickly and using common sense is one of the best remedies. Don’t let fear and worry influence your judgment, especially if you’re unsure about what you should do next.
3 Immediately Rinsing Your Mouth to Prevent Infection
It’s also important to avoid panicking or being in shock since both conditions can prevent you from thinking clearly and force you to overlook simple things like personal hygiene. One step which should never be skipped is getting out the mouthwash or rinsing. You need to prevent infection from developing, so rinsing your mouth and throat with a saline water solution or peroxide are great solutions.
4 Have a Contact Person
If you’re in an emergency, then your family and friends should know where you are at all times. Don’t take on a journey without telling anyone where you’re going or how long it’ll take you to get back as this can easily be taken advantage of in the event of an emergency that requires fast evacuation. If you split up from your friends or family, make sure to have a designated contact person so they know when and where to meet up with you so there aren’t any unnecessary problems.
5 Seek Medical Assistance
If your injuries are too severe to be handled or treated on your own, then it’s time to go to the hospital. Look for the nearest emergency room and don’t be afraid of asking for help.
What if the area that is injured is numb?
It is important to check each site individually and make sure that it is not just a small section of the mouth that will not feel the sensation. If the entire mouth loses sensation, then it may need to be treated by an expert in order to prevent further infection.
Is there anything I can do myself for a fractured tooth?
In some cases, you can use a popsicle stick or similar implement to hold the tooth together until you can get to an emergency room. However, this should only be done as a last resort because it could make the break worse if you are dealing with an easily broken tooth.
What should I do if I have to pull out a tooth?
It is sometimes necessary to extract teeth in certain emergency situations so it is important to know how to prepare for this task. One way to reduce the risk of complications during extraction is by using an oral anesthetic. It will numb the area and calm the patient. In addition, it helps alleviate any anxiety and enables you to perform the extraction quickly before the anesthesia can wear off.
What should I do if there is a chipped tooth?
In most cases, you can attempt to cover the chip with dental sealant or tooth-colored filling material to keep bacteria out of this area. If the chip is very small and can be covered by a sealant then you should probably leave it alone. However, if the chip or crack has grown enough to require a filling, then it will need to be extracted as soon as possible.
Dental emergencies are unpredictable and can happen at any moment. You should always be prepared for them by having your teeth and mouth healthy and by having an emergency plan of action with a contact person. Most importantly, keep calm and don’t panic when an emergency strike.