Dentist helps families in Brampton, ON prepare for dental emergencies
Strong teeth are a valuable asset. They contribute to
Prevention: The best preparation
Most dental emergencies fall into two categories.
A toothache so severe that it requires an emergency
An estimated 22,000 dental injuries occur each year
These conditions are treatable with emergency dental care, but wouldn’t you rather avoid them with a few simple
Preventing dental emergencies
The circumstances described above can usually be avoided with a three step approach:
- Home hygiene. Using proper technique, brush after meals and floss before bedtime. You’ll eliminate much of the harmful bacteria that lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
- Regular dental examinations. With early detection, Dr. Rina can treat tooth decay and fractures before they become “code red.” That saves you discomfort, inconvenience, and expense.
- Mouthguard. Wear a comfortable, custom fit mouthguard when participating in any activity that could involve a fall, a blow to the head or face, or cause your jaws to snap shut suddenly.
Preparing a dental emergency kit
Despite your best efforts a dental emergency can occur – especially with children. Be prepared with a dental emergency kit for home and travel.
- Start with a small plastic container with a
- Print your name, Dr. Rina’s name, and the Dentistry on 10 telephone number ((905) 455-9262) on two adhesive labels. Place
one onthe inside of the container and one on the outside of the lid.
- Include a few acetaminophen tablets (in their
original bottle) for pain relief. Do not use ibuprofen or aspirin, which may increasebleeding.
- Add a small roll of sterile gauze. Biting gently on a pad of gauze reduces bleeding.
Alsoinclude a clean handkerchief in a small resealableplastic bag. If part of a tooth, restoration, or orthodontic applianceis broken off, these items will help you get it to Dr. Rina intact. Remember that if a whole tooth is knocked out, it should be gentlyplaced back into the socket, between cheek and gum, or in a cup ormilk or salt water to maintain pH balance until you get to the dentist.
Dr. Rina hopes you never experience a dental emergency, but if you do, you can count on Dentistry on 10 for the help you need NOW.
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