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Common Dental Emergencies During the Holiday Season

In Dental Care on December 14, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Here’s some dental emergency tips to take on the road with you this holiday season. We tend to overindulge a bit during this time of year, and sometimes our teeth suffer the consequences. If your cider was too hot, or if an errant snowball found your face, here’s some important info to keep in mind. It really could mean the difference between saving, or losing a tooth (or teeth). Here’s what the ADA recommends to quickly address a possible dental emergency:

Bitten Lip or Tongue

Clean the area gently with a cloth and apply cold compresses to reduce any swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, go to a hospital emergency room immediately.

Broken Tooth

Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Use cold compresses on the area to keep any swelling down. Call your dentist immediately.

Cracked Tooth

Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Go to your dentist or a hospital emergency department immediately.

Knocked Out Tooth

Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse off the root of the tooth in water if it’s dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If that isn’t possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk and get to the dentist as quickly as possible. Remember to take the tooth with you!

Objects Caught Between Teeth

Try to gently remove the object with dental floss; avoid cutting the gums. Never use a sharp instrument to remove any object that is stuck between your teeth. If you can’t dislodge the object using dental floss, contact your dentist.


Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss or an interdental cleaner to ensure that there is no food or other debris caught between the teeth. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. If the pain persists, contact your dentist.

Happy Thanksgiving!

In Dental Care on November 25, 2010 at 4:00 AM

We are thankful for the entire dental community, the unsung heroes that battle the cavity creeps on a daily basis!

Here’s some emergency info just in case all that good food results in a broken or lost tooth. Call the office immediately – and follow the directions on the voicemail for a doctor to contact in case of emergency!

If you can stand it, here’s some DIY instructions:

– If the tooth is loose (even extremely so!) but is still attached in any way, leave it in place. Do not remove it!

– If it is out of its socket completely and unattached, but still in the victim’s mouth, it is best to have the person hold the tooth in their mouth, if possible, until a dentist can attempt re-implantation.

– If the tooth is out of the mouth, do not let it dry out. Handle it as little as possible. Do not attempt to disinfect the tooth, or scrub it, or remove any tissue attached to it.

– If the tooth is recovered from the ground or other soiled area, rinse it off in lukewarm water. Preserve it in milk until a dentist is available. If milk is not available, lukewarm water will suffice.

Time out of the socket is critical in the long-term success of re-implantation. After 30 minutes, the success potential begins to decline. However, re-implantation is still possible after several hours, so the attempt can still be made even if the tooth has been out for a long period.

Remember, even if re-implantation fails, you have a variety of other options. For more information on emergency dental care or tooth replacement, you know what to do.

Source: Internet Dental Alliance, Inc.

Wedding Day Dental Nightmare!

In Dental Humor - Oxymoron? on October 30, 2010 at 4:00 AM

More from the celebrity dental gossip column…The Ellen DeGeneres show is really highlighting some celebrity dental issues lately. And we’d like to take this time to further broadcast what would surely be a wedding day nightmare for anyone.

According to the Ellen interview, singer and actress Hilary Duff bit into a bagel and on the morning of her wedding day and lost a tooth. The day was saved when the wedding planner’s sister’s husband came to the rescue and repaired what turned out to be a broken crown. Turns out he is a dentist. And how about this for more craziness, Hilary Duff is now married to Mike Comrie – a professional hockey player with the Pittsburgh Penguins. You think he knows a thing or two about missing teeth?

If you want to learn more about what to do in case you lose a crown, click here – or go back and read our August 19th posting.

We’re happy to report, both newly repaired crown and bride made it to the wedding ceremony on time!