Dental emergencies can happen anywhere. Here are some tips for responding to mouth trauma from the time of an accident until getting to your dentist…
If you lose or break a tooth, do NOT dry the tooth or store it in water. Your best options are to
*reinsert the tooth into its socket in the mouth if that is possible, and keep it in place as you travel immediately to the dentist, or
*place the tooth in a cup of milk for transporting with patient to the dentist, or
*place tooth in the pocket of the cheek, ONLY if patient is alert enough and old enough to not swallow the tooth en route to the dentist.
If a piece of a crown breaks loose, place it in water until you can see your dentist.
For gum and other soft tissue abrasions and lacerations, apply pressure and ice until you can see your dentist.
TOBACCO USE is nothing new, but is still causing harm to gums and teeth. In addition, the new E-cigarettes have their own set of health problems. Keep the following in mind as you consider these products and their affect on your health and the quality of your breath….
*One hour of using a Hookah = 5 packs of cigarettes. Yes, it’s the same as smoking 100 cigarettes in one hour! Hookahs also have dirty mouthpieces and therefore expose the user to a variety of communicable diseases.
*E-cigarettes are not regulated by the Federal Drug Administration, so there is no continuity of potency and no opportunity for them to be screened for toxins.
*Tobacco and smokeless tobacco remain a major risk factor in gingival (gum) recession and gum disease.
*BAD BREATH can be caused by a dirty tongue or un-brushed teeth, by dry mouth syndrome, by certain medications, by acid reflux or by certain other medical conditions. SOLUTIONS for bad breath include brushing and flossing your teeth daily. This should include brushing your tongue or using a tongue scraper, available where toothbrushes are sold. If your symptoms persist, see your dentist for help addressing one of the other above specific causative triggers.
*Dentists are one of your resources for diagnosing oral cancers. Ask your dentist for a screening and discuss those screening findings with him/her. At home, watch for a sore that either does not heal, or that changes shape or color. The sides of the tongue tend to be the most common sites for oral cancers.