Planning and preparation are paramount to have a stress-free, happy like a belly full of jelly, Holiday. Make sure you have dinner ready in time, and an extra plate setting in case you get an unexpected guest. And if you happen to be traveling, don’t forget to pack the gifts!
You may have sent you dentist a Holiday Greetings card, but you are probably not planning on having his office number on speed dial, right? And your dentist is a nice fellow, he surely needs some family time too.
Take note, if you are suffering of any dental issue, now is the time to take care of it, before the Holiday break is here and the turkey is in the oven!
A toothache filled Holiday may be a quick and painful way to ruin your plans! If you’re lucky, a quick call to the dentist can get you seen immediately, but what happens if disaster strikes when the office is closed, you’re traveling, or some other less than ideal scenario? Here are some quick tips to handle common teeth crises we hope you don’t have to use during these Holidays.
First, check your tooth to assess the level of damage. Often, chipping or light cracking can be confused with more serious tooth damage. But should you find that the crack looks deep, or your tooth has broken into pieces, you may be at risk for an infection and tooth loss. Using warm water, rinse the area clean, and apply a cold compress if you notice any facial swelling. See your dentist as soon as you can.
Tooth knocked out:
No ifs, ands or buts about it. Time is of the essence when it comes to your chances of saving the tooth, so contact your dentist immediately. To help protect the tooth until you get to the office, rinse it very gently in water, taking care to avoid touching the root. If possible, try to keep the tooth in its original place by gently biting on gauze or a tea bag. Otherwise, place the tooth in a little bit of milk to help preserve it. Never store the tooth in water.
Even the mildest and most fleeting of toothaches shouldn’t be overlooked, but extremely painful and persistent cases need immediate attention and could be a sign of an exposed nerve or tooth infection. To avoid aggravating the tooth any further, clear the problem area of food particles as best as you can by flossing gently and rinsing with warm water.
Seeing your dentist regularly is also critical to detecting and treating minor problems before they become worse. Get a checkup at least every six months or as advised by your dentist.