With summer just around the corner, you are bound to be spending plenty of time outdoors. Throwing Frisbees and playing golf. Tossing the pigskin and swinging away inside batting cages. This is what summer is all about, having fun and hurling objects in the general direction of each other’s faces.
Injuries are bound to happen. And when they do, it is best if you are prepared.
That is why Overmeyer Family Dental, here in Orlando, recommends you keep a dental emergency kit on hand. With a little forethought and preparation you can minimize the damage to your teeth as a result of injury or some other type of dental emergency.
Here are some items you will want to be sure to include in your dental emergency kit.
If you experience soft tissue damage by injuring your lips, tongue, gums, or cheeks, then bleeding may occur. This situation calls for some moist gauze. Make sure you use clean water to moisten the gauze and apply pressure for at least 15 minutes.
If the bleeding persists, and especially if it worsens, then go to the ER immediately. Loss of blood can be a serious health hazard, so you do not want to take an injury like this lightly.
A Small Container
A broken or knocked out tooth can be a traumatic experience, but it is important that you stay calm to do what you can to save your tooth. The first thing to do is to find your tooth and wash it, taking special care to remove any dirt or foreign particles. If you can, place the tooth back into the socket. Otherwise, put it inside the small container from your dental emergency kit, and soak the tooth in saliva, which has natural healing properties. If you can’t generate enough saliva to cover your tooth, then use milk.
This small container is also useful if you have broken dentures or some other dental appliance. You should never try to repair these yourself because that could cause more damage or even injury to your mouth. If you can position the broken appliance in your mouth in way that is comfortable, do so. If not, then put them inside your small container and head to our office right away.
It goes without saying that most injuries hurt. So it is best to be prepared to deal with the pain. That is why you need to keep some pain relievers, like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin), in your dental emergency kit. If you are experiencing pain due to a tooth injury, don’t try to endure the pain. Take some pain relievers and make your to our office quickly, unless you are experiencing severe bleeding. In that case, get to the ER immediately.
If you experience a sudden and severe toothache, it could be the result of an infection caused by tooth decay. You can take a pain reliever to manage the pain, but don’t put off having your tooth looked at. A tooth infection can cause serious health problems, so come to our office as soon as possible. If you are experiencing labored breathing due to swelling, or a fever, then go straight to the ER.
Contact Us Immediately
At Overmeyer Family Dental we take your dental emergencies seriously. We guarantee prompt attention. Whatever your emergency, when you come into our Orlando office, you will quickly be given a thorough examination in order to diagnose your problem and to determine its severity.
You will also want to keep a card with the number to our office, 407-603-3839, in your dental emergency kit. Even though you most likely have our number programmed into your phone, you want to be on the safe side and have our number on hand.
You will probably want to make up a few dental emergency kits and keep them in useful places, like the car, or the bathroom, or the kitchen, just to make sure you will have one on hand should the time come. Hopefully, you will never need to use it, but it is better to have it and not need it than it is to need it and not have it.
Contact us today for more information on how to deal with a dental emergency, or to make an appointment.