Most dental emergencies involve infection, pain or uncontrolled bleeding. Sometimes they are unpredictable and occur because of trauma or something that happened years ago. No matter how the trauma happened, it can be scary to experience for many people- especially in the face of the coronavirus.
How do you know if you’re experiencing a dental emergency? If you are experiencing pain, rinse your mouth out with salt water three times a day to kill bacteria. If the pain is uncontrollable, it’s time to call your dentist.
Now to the important part. How do you prevent a dental emergency in the first place? Most dentists agree that popcorn is the main culprit. Popcorn shells can become wedged deep in your gum, causing painful swelling. Un-popped kernels can also cause cracked teeth, same with olive pits. Cracked or chipped teeth might not warrant an emergency visit to your dentist. It all depends on where the crack is, how large it is and how much pain it is causing.
You can also avoid dental emergencies by avoiding using your teeth as tools and chewing on non-food items. Opening things with your teeth, like wrappers or packages, or chewing on items such as pen caps can wear down your teeth and even cause them to chip or break.
Keep up with your regular oral hygiene routine, which is brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. If you missed a regular teeth cleaning during the COVID-19 pandemic there shouldn’t be too much to worry about unless you are prone to cavities. You can help keep your teeth healthy by using an electric toothbrush and flossing regularly.
If you would like to get in for a cleaning or have a dental emergency give us a call at Roger’s Center for Dentistry, your favorite Spanish Fork dental practice. We look forward to helping you with your dental care needs.