What to Do in a Dental Emergency!

 Emergency Appointments Available. And some helpful hints to hold you over until you can be seen.

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Dental emergencies occur at the most inconvenient times. The good news is—most can be avoided. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing to remove debris your toothbrush is unable to reach, and keeping a regular schedule of dental visits for cleaning helps. Of course, regular twice-a-year visits to your dentist allow him/her to spot any challenges before they become serious dental emergencies.

The most common dental emergencies are a toothache, chipped tooth, or an abscess. See the dentist right away if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Pain or sensitivity to certain foods or to heat/cold
  • Pain that can’t be controlled by over-the-counter pain meds
  • Facial swelling
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Injury that has caused a broken tooth

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Until you can get to the dentist, try the following to relieve pain:

  • Toothache
    • Hold an ice pack against the area
    • Take an over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as Ibuprofen (Advil) or Naproxen (Aleve) as directed on the bottle
    • Gently floss to remove any food caught between your teeth
    • Eat only soft food until you can get to the dentist.
  • Chipped Tooth
    • Rinse with warm water
  • Abscess
    • Take an over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as Ibuprofen (Advil) or Naproxen (Aleve) as directed on the bottle
    • Rinse with warm salt solution (1.2 teaspoons of salt dissolved in eight ounces of water).

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Smile Generation®-trusted dental offices try to always reserve time in their schedules to accommodate any dental emergencies you may have. Just give us a call at 1-800-SmileGen and we will do everything we can to help you feel better.

Request an appointment with Dr. Green at Smile Generation®-trusted Vancouver Dentist Office.

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