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Common Dental Emergencies and First Aid

Unfortunately, the mouth and our teeth are not exempt from discomfort, accidents, or other emergencies. Similarly, to any other part of our body things happen in the daily course of life. It is vital to react accordingly. We all know the level of discomfort that is brought to us by mouth and tooth pain. The mouth is responsible for doing many things like speaking, eating, and smiling! Did you know that the mouth also fulfills a variety of biological functions? Yes, the mouth helps us with balance, posture, and resistance to inflammation and infections. Understandably, accidents and discomfort are reasons for concern, so we have compiled a list of five common emergencies and potential remedies.

If you have concerns about your oral health, please contact us at Family Smile Dental in Brooklyn, NY.

Toothache

In most cases, tooth decay is the primary cause of toothaches. Tooth decay is caused by the presence of bacteria that live in your mouth. These bacteria live off the sugars that exist in the food that we eat. Some other causes of toothaches can be:

Contact your dentist immediately to schedule an appointment. We know tooth pain can be unbearable and here at Family Smile Dental, we do our very best to accommodate all emergency patients. In the meantime, you can take the following action to relieve discomfort:

Your Tooth was Knocked Out

Knocked-out teeth are a common dental emergency that happens to five million adults and children a year. This common dental emergency is usually caused by injury or accident. Is vital to act quickly if your tooth or someone’s tooth around you is knocked out.

Being seen by a dentist within 30 minutes of the incident is best. Here are some of our tips and recommendations:

Fractured or Chipped Tooth

Unfortunately, there are not any home remedies for repairing a chipped or fractured tooth. It is crucial to see your dental care provider as soon as possible. If you can find the piece of the broken tooth, you should wrap it in a clean moist cloth and bring it with you to your appointment.

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity can be very frustrating and painful. Dentin hypersensitivity also known as tooth sensitivity is caused by worn tooth enamel. Below are some things that you can do to help lower the discomfort of tooth sensitivity.

Fallen Out Crowns

Although it is uncommon that crowns come loose, it can happen. Here are some of our recommendations if your crown(s) fall out.

Call on Family Smile Dental in your time of need! 718-332-4060

Author
Anna Suler, DDS

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