If there was a dental emergency, would you know what to do? Knowing what to do before an emergency can enable you to react if ever a crisis arrives. Having this knowledge and acting quickly can not only save yourself some discomfort, but it may also save your tooth.
-If a tooth is knocked out, hold it by the crown and rinse the root in water if dirty. Whatever you do, DO NOT scrub it or remove any tissue that may be attached. If you can, gently put the tooth back into its socket or place into a cup of milk to bring with you to the dentist.
-For a broken tooth, you can clean your mouth with warm water and use some ice for the swelling. Go to the dentist as soon as possible.
-A bitten tongue or lip can be gently cleaned with a cloth and you can use a cold compress for the swelling. After a short time, if the bleeding is heavy or hasn’t stopped, you should seek immediate medical attention.
-If you are experiencing a toothache, you can rinse your mouth with warm water and gently floss to remove any food particles that may be stuck there. Come see us at Meyer Dentistry as soon as you can if it persists.
-If you’re traveling when a dental emergency happens, you can ask the local emergency room for a dentist referral. If you are abroad, you can contact the U.S. Embassy or you could ask the hotel personnel for a referral.
For any questions or to make an appointment with Dr. James Meyer, call us at 864-213-4442. We’d love to see you in our office in Greenville, South Carolina.