Be Prepared for Dental Emergencies

Dental Emergencies

Summertime means vacations!  You don’t want to find yourself with dental emergencies in paradise though.  Here are some helpful tips to manage a few common dental emergencies you might experience while traveling.

If you have a broken tooth:

  • Save any pieces of the tooth you can find.
  • Rinse your mouth out with warm salt water.  The recipe is 1 teaspoon of salt to an 8 oz glass of warm water.
  • Apply a cold compress to reduce any swelling (never use heat when there is swelling).
  • Call Dr. Curalli right away.

If your tooth is knocked out:

  • Find the tooth.  While holding it by the crown, rinse it carefully.
  • Put the tooth back in place if possible.  (This helps preserve the tooth but do NOT force it.)
  • If you can’t put the tooth back into place, store it in a sealed container of milk.
  • Call Dr. Curalli ASAP.
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If you have severe pain and/or swelling

  • Rinse thoroughly with warm salt water.
  • Apply a cold compress (never warm).
  • Take an over-the-counter pain medication.  Ibuprofen 600 mg is recommended if you can take it.  It reduces inflammation as well as provides pain relief.
  • Call Dr. Curalli right away.

If your tongue, gum or lips are bleeding severely

  • Rinse with warm salt water
  • Use damp gauze (run it under a little clean water) to apply pressure to the bleeding area.  You may need to keep pressure for 15-20 or until the bleeding subsides
  • If the bleeding doesn’t stop, go to the emergency room

Take these simple steps to avoid such dental dilemmas:

  • Avoid chewing ice, hard candies, popcorn kernels, and other foods that could damage your teeth
  • Where a mouth guard when participating in sports
  • Brush and floss regularly to maintain strong, healthy teeth
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Most importantly make sure you have Smile Ballard’s office number, 206-784-6310, programmed into your phone so Dr. Curalli can help you through any dental emergency.

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