It is a known fact that most dental problems gradually develop after prolonged neglect. The two most common dental-related problems that stem from neglect are the development of cavities and the onset of gum disease.
Unfortunately, there are a vast array of dental emergencies that may occur that stem from dental neglect, objects becoming lodged in the mouth, items of extreme temperatures coming in contact with the soft tissue of the mouth, and other situations.
While it is true that a dentist is capable of handling all dental-based emergencies, there may be a time when access to a dentist is not possible. In this instances, you should know how to handle dental emergencies.
Below, you will find an assortment of dental emergencies and the steps you may take to appropriately deal with those emergencies:
- Believe it or not, it is very common for a person to accidentally bite into their own lip, tongue, and/or jaw. If you experience this issue, you should first clean the area. You may use a cold compress in order to alleviate swelling. By applying pressure, you may stop the bleeding. If you have a difficult time controlling bleeding after an accidental bite, you should visit an emergency room for further assistance.
- If you find that one of your teeth is cracked or broken, you should make every effort to see a dentist as soon as possible. In order to aid with the pain, swelling, and possible bleeding, you should rinse the mouth with warm water. Immediately thereafter, you should place a cold compress on the impacted area.
- If you find that a permanent tooth has become loose, see a dentist as quickly as possible in order to try to save the tooth. Until you are able to see the dentist, use a cold compress and an over-the-counter medication that aids in alleviating both pain and swelling, such as ibuprofen.
- If your tooth has been knocked out of your mouth, you should rinse the root. If tissue is attached, do not remove it. If you are able to situate the tooth back into mouth, do it; however, if this is not possible, put the tooth into milk and get dental help as soon as possible.
- If you have swelling in the mouth, you may have an abscess. You should immediately rinse the mouth with a combination of salt and warm water. This will help reduce pain, alleviate pressure, and reduce the possibility of an infection developing.
- If your tooth starts aching all of a sudden, you should floss your teeth and rinse with warm water. If the ache does not stop, you should set up an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible.
- If you lose a filling or a crown, you should apply clove oil to the areas that are sensitive. You may also get dental cement to put on the surface of the tooth to decrease sensitivity.