Dakota Dental gives tips on how to prevent and be prepared for dental emergencies this holiday season.
Apple Valley, MN, USA — Dakota Dental offers tips and information on how to handle dental emergencies during the holidays, and what patients can do to prevent those emergencies from occurring during the holidays. This holiday season, people are likely focused on gift lists, wrapping paper, favorite recipes, family, and travel plans. What may not cross their minds is what to do in the case of a dental emergency during their holiday travels, while they’re away from home and far from their regular dentist.
Some common dental issues that may come up while away from home include toothaches, cracked or broken teeth, or teeth getting knocked out. None of these are pleasant while traveling, but there are some ways to treat these ailments while away from home. For toothaches, rinsing with warm water and gently flossing can help to try and remove any debris that is caught and may be causing discomfort. However, if that doesn’t help, it may be a good idea to call a dentist.
For broken or cracked teeth, apply cold compresses to control swelling and go to a dentist as soon as possible. And for a knocked out tooth, hold it by the crown and rinse the root with water if it’s dirty. If you can’t hold the tooth in its socket, put the tooth in milk and get to a dentist for emergency dental work as soon as you can.
Though some dental emergencies can’t be avoided, there are some dental preventive care measures patients can take to reduce the chances of needing emergency dentistry services this holiday season (http://www.dakotadental.com/general-dental-services/dental-emergencies). Especially if you have a history of dental health issues, make an appointment with the family dentists at Dakota Dental before heading out of town.
The dentists at Dakota Dental can also give patients tips for how to have healthy teeth throughout the holidays. From avoiding hard candies that may chip or crack teeth to ways to prevent toothaches, the dentists at Dakota Dental can help patients make sure their holiday plans don’t get derailed by dental emergencies.
Dr. Shelley Wakefield
14682 Pennock Avenue
Apple Valley, MN 55124