Dental Emergencies and How To Avoid Them This Halloween
Emergency Dentistry Walnut Creek
We have some great tips – and tricks – to help ensure your Halloween festivities don’t end with a dental emergency. Some common dental emergencies are easy to avoid with preventative techniques or quickly resolved with the gentle and swift care from Walnut Creek emergency dentist Dr. Lee.
Biting or lacerating your tongue or lip may cause inflammation and possible bleeding so make sure the oral injury is kept clean and clear of any debri that could cause further harm. Use ice or pressure to control the swelling or bleeding, and any swelling should subside within twenty-four hours. If bleeding or swelling persists or pain is severe contact Walnut Creek emergency dentist Dr. Lee promptly.
A toothache is a very common dental emergency and is often a sign of infection in or around a tooth. Avoid the ache this Halloween by making sure to brush and floss after the festivities and treats. If the pain becomes severe, lasts for longer than 24 hours or if you see signs of swelling, contact your Walnut Creek emergency dentist promptly.
If you chip or fracture a tooth immediately rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek to combat potential swelling. If your tooth is broken you should avoid sugar, hot or cold food and drinks, and eat only soft foods until you can visit your emergency dentist.
If a permanent adult tooth is knocked out you will need to schedule an appointment with Walnut Creek emergency dentist Dr. Lee for urgent care. Take care to not touch the root of the dislodged tooth and put the tooth in a container of milk or water if milk is not available to help preserve it. The likelihood of saving the tooth decreases after about 30 minutes so immediate response is crucial.
Most importantly, visit Walnut Creek dentist Dr. Lee regularly! Let them know any oral concerns you might have, and Dr. Lee can look for any signs of issues that could interrupt your celebration plans. Not getting regular check-ups and cleanings can allow problems to go undiagnosed and lead to bigger, more complicated dental emergency.
To learn more on how you can prevent any dental scares this October, call your Walnut Creek emergency dentist Dr. Lee at 925-930-8488 today!