What your dentist in Zanesville wants you to know
Dental emergencies happen suddenly due to an accident, injury or even a bad fall. The key is being prepared and knowing what to do in case you or a family member has a dental emergency. Dr. Jeffrey Labishak at The Smile Shack in Zanesville, OH wants to share what you need to know to protect yourself and your family in case of a dental emergency.
One of the most important preventive steps you can take is to have Dr. Labishak’s office and after hours phone numbers listed on your cell phone contacts. Easy, quick access to dental care can provide a better outcome and less stress for you.
You already know how important it is to have a family first aid kit at home. It’s also important to have a dental first aid kit. A dental first aid kit should be placed where it can be easily found, and should contain these items:
- Over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol
- Sterile saline solution to rinse
- Sterile gauze squares to stop bleeding
- A small container with a lid
If you suffer an injury to your gums or a fractured or broken tooth, don’t panic. Instead, try these simple steps:
- Gently remove debris and blood from the area
- Press gauze to the area to stop bleeding
- Gently rinse your mouth with the saline solution
- Apply ice to the injured area to prevent swelling
If you have knocked a tooth loose, try to gently move the tooth back into the correct position. If you have knocked the tooth out completely, you should rinse off the tooth and place it either in the container with saline solution or between your gum and cheek to keep it moist. Avoid touching the roots of the tooth so it isn’t contaminated with bacteria from your fingers.
When you or family member has a dental emergency, it’s best to seek out the help of an expert like Dr. Labishak. For more information about what to do for a dental emergency call The Smile Shack in Zanesville, OH. Call today!