What Not to Do if You Experience a Dental Emergency
Posted on 2/15/2020 by Dick Hikade, DDS
A dental emergency is any oral related issue that has caused immediate harm to your teeth or gums. In some cases, a dental emergency may even be related to your jaw.
Unfortunately, no amount of meticulous care of your teeth can prevent an accident. Often times, people don't think about the other ways our teeth can be damaged.
Our teeth can be damaged from physical harm. This can occur during sports, car wrecks, or even falling. Physical trauma to the teeth is different than trauma from bacterial decay. Typically, people who experience physical trauma are subject to broken or chipped teeth. Besides being painful, broken and chipped teeth can cause a lot of oral complications.
How to Deal with Oral Trauma
One thing that you shouldn't do after oral trauma is put antibacterial gels in your mouth. Most antibacterial gels are for topical use only. Putting them in your mouth may seem like a good idea to prevent infection, but they are toxic. Instead, try to stop your mouth from bleeding as soon as possible. Don't use bandages on the inside of your mouth, and instead, use a clean cloth that you don't mind getting stained.
After you get bleeding to stop, you may notice some inflammation. To deal with inflammation you can use pain medication which is anti-inflammatory and ice. Don't place ice in your mouth directly on the wound. Instead, use an ice pack and cover it with a cloth. Place the ice pack on your face at the site of inflammation.
The last important step to dealing with oral trauma is to contact us. While the pain from oral trauma may subside, it has lasting effects on your oral health. It's important to get in touch with us as soon as possible so that we can help you recover.