Issues or ailments related to teeth are often not considered as health emergencies, but not taking the right care of your teeth might lead to losing your tooth. Tooth pain, while eating or chewing, might be some petty ailment, but in the long run, this issue might be annoying.
An injury to the jaws or bleeding gum increases the risk of permanent damage if not taken care of. Dental emergencies involve issues relating to teeth or jaws that are of high priority and needs to be addressed by dental professionals.
Toothache might sound petty, but this can be painful and annoying. Tooth pain might be accompanied along with jaw pain. The first thing that you might do is rinse your mouth with warm water. Any lodged food in between the tooth may be removed with dental floss.
If you find that the jaws are swollen, a cold compress may be of ice that can be applied outside the mouth on the cheek. The application of any painkiller or aspirin should be avoided near gums, as these might harm the delicate gum tissues. You should consider consulting a dentist.
Christmas is the merry-making time of the year. Especially the younger ones are full of zeal, and chances of dental emergencies are always on the cards. A slip here and there, and the child might have hurt the tooth badly. The first thing that you should do is to stop the bleeding by applying a gauze. An ice pack may be used to reduce the pain and swelling.
If the tooth is knocked out, retrieve it by holding the crown and rinse off any blood or dirt with water. However, never scrub off any fragmented tissues attached with the tooth. If you can, try to put back the tooth into its socket but never force it, as this might hamper the delicate blood vessels. If you fail in your endeavor to restore the tooth into its socket, try to preserve the tooth in a small container and rush to your dentist. A knocked-out tooth has high chances of restoration if re-inserted into the socket within an hour.
Decay in tooth leads to the permanent hole or dent in a tooth that needs to be filled with substance generally termed as filing. Now in the festive season of Christmas, you might lose the filing of your teeth. As a stop-gap measure. You can try sticking a piece of sugarless gum in the cavity. You can also use dental cement, but remember these are a temporary measure and should rush to a dentist to reduce any further damage.
If the crown is lost, then you should rush to a dentist and carry the crown along with you. During Christmas, if the dentist is not available and you are suffering from severe pain, try applying clove oil using a cotton swab. Clove is known to be a natural pain reliever and finds application in different dental medicines. If you can, try to slip the crown over the tooth but do so after the use of toothpaste or dental cement.
The wire of braces can be broken and can poke your mouth, gum, or tongue. You can try using the eraser end of a pencil or toothbrush to push the wire in a more comfortable position. If you fail in doing this, you can always cover it up with a small cotton ball or gauze until you can visit a dentist.
The loose brackets can be re-attached temporarily. Alternatively, the wax may be placed over the braces to provide a cushion. Fix an appointment with your orthodontist soon.
Apart from these dental emergencies, abscess or infections of gum and teeth are severe. If not attended timely. The infection might spread to other parts of the body. Dental hygiene is equally important to reduce dental emergencies. Brushing the teeth at least twice a day in the proper manner helps to do away with the bacteria that often lead to toothache or jaw pain.
Only dental floss should be used to get rid of food stuck between teeth. You should avoid poking with sharp objects. Maintaining these necessary steps can make you keep smiling during Christmas. If you experience jaw pain or have broken tooth, contact us at Crest Family Dental. We are happy to help you with your emergency dental problems. Don’t let your jaw pain dampen your joy this Christmas.