your teeth after every meal with fluoride toothpaste
2. Do not
tongue, use a tongue scraper to clean you tongue regularly and floss daily
3. If you
wear dentures take them out daily and clean them thoroughly and brush you teeth
and/or gums thoroughly
4. Use a
dentist administered cleansing mouth rinse “Breath RX" which contains
"Zytex" that neutralizes the sulfur compounds and kills the bacteria
that contributes to bad breath.
5. Make sure
to drink at least eight cups of fluoridated water a day
6. Keep a
log of foods you eat to determine which foods are causing your problem
regular dental checkups with professional cleanings
8. Keep your
humidifiers during the heating season
moisturizing nasal spray to control post-nasal drip, which can be a contribution
11. Tobacco causes bad breath, ask your
dentist/doctor for tips to kick the habit
1. If a wire
is causing an irritation, cover the end of the wire with some wax or a piece of
If a wire
becomes embedded in the gum or cheek DO NOT remove it, go to the dentist
1. Try to snap it back in
a small tube of denture adhesive paste put a small amount in the crown and place
it back on your tooth
3. Try Dent
Temp or Tempenol as a temporary adhesive
4. Do NOT
use ordinary household glue
5. Call the
dentist as soon as possible to recement it properly
INJURIES CAN BE PREVENTED:
proof your home
2. Make sure
your children are belted safely in their stroller and car seat.
Wear helmets while biking, skateboarding & roller blading
3. The whole
family uses seat belts
4. Wear a
custom made mouth guard while in “school” sports and during weekend sports
are away from home, be sure to carry your doctor’s business card.
So if you have a problem you can call for a telephone consultation so he
can help you decide whether you need to seek immediate dental care.
DENTURE, BRIDGE, OR PLATE
1. Save all
the parts of your broken denture, bridge or partial
2. Call your
3. If it is
possible it may be repaired or it may need to be replaced as soon as possible
bridges, plates and dentures can keep you comfortable until the permanent one is
repaired or replaced
medications such as antidepressants can cause this
Consult with your Dr. to see if there are alternative
medications that will not cause this symptom
2. Put water
in a spray bottle to keep your mouth moist. Try a little
Lemon juice in the water to stimulate your saliva
sugarless gum to keep your mouth moist
4. Use a
moisturizing gel like oralbalance
5. Use a
saliva substitute such as glandosane
custom-made fluoride trays made by your dentist for home application of
fluoride. Also use a fluoride mouth
BLEEDING AFTER AN EXTRACTION
bleeding after an extraction is normal. Clots
within one hour if you follow doctor’s post-op instructions.
thick gauze pad over the extraction site and apply pressure by biting on the
rinsing, drinking or eating for at least one hour following the extraction
hours rinse the area with warm salt water(1/2 tsp. salt in 8 oz of water) after
eating to keep the site clean
5. Wet a tea
bag and place it on the extraction site and bite on it
sucking, spitting, and smoking
AFTER 36 HOURS AFTER AN EXTRACTION
1. Contact your dentist you
could have a “dry socket” or infection
1. If a
tooth has been extracted on the lower back area, it is possible that you may not
regain full sensory feelings immediately
2. After 24
hour contact your dentist to let him know your symptoms
1. If you
are still unhealed one week after an extraction you need to go to the dentist
for an X-ray to see if a root tip or fragment is still embedded
wait to see your dentist
FRACTURED /CHIPPED TOOTH OR FILLING
tooth is broken/chipped/fractured and there is no other damage requiring
hospital care go to the dentist within 2-3 hours. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and
reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. The dentist can smooth minor
chips. The tooth may also need to be restored with a composite filling.
2. Stop any
bleeding by applying direct gentle pressure to the gums.
If an upper tooth, apply pressure to the gums above the tooth.
If a lower tooth, apply pressure to the gums below the tooth.
Do NOT press directly on the broken tooth.
3. Rinse the
mouth with warm water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling.
4. Find the
broken tooth fragments and bring the pieces with you,
they may be able to be "cemented" back together
5. To avoid
further aggravation from the damaged tooth, place a piece of soft wax into the
area that was chipped.
You can also try Dentemp or Tempanol for temporary filling material.
soft foods. Avoid this side of your mouth when eating.
Avoid food and drink that are hot or cold, eat only lukewarm
7. Do not
take aspirin or aspirin-substitutes that can slow clotting. Try
8. If the
pulp is damaged it can mean a root canal.
tooth may need a full permanent crown to protect if from further breakage and
TO THE SOFT TISSUE INSIDE THE MOUTH
include tear, puncture wounds or lacerations to the check, lips or tongue.
area right away with a warm salt water
from the tongue can be reduced by pulling the tongue forward and using gauze to
place pressure on the wound area
4. Go to the
doctor/hospital if it needs stitches
GUMS AND/OR ROOF OF MOUTH
1. Ask your
doctor for a prescription for anti-viral medications
ibuprofen for pain control
3. Try a
topical application of 20% benzocaine for the discomfort
Peroxyl to rinse with
your teeth and gums CAREFULLY
dentist for an evaluation
AFTER SCALING AND ROOT PLANNING
after care instructions give you
eating soft foods
to gently brush and clean the area well
1. After the
time determined by your dentist rinse with warm salt water (1/2 tsp. salt in 8
oz of water) to help with the discomfort.
taking extract vitamin C to help quicken the healing period
3. SMOKING WILL DELAY ALL HEALING
1. If your
jaw hurts when it is moved or you cannot close your mouth in a normal manner,
immobilize the jaw with a towel or tie.
2. Go to the
doctor/hospital. A blow to the head
can be especially life threatening to a child. They can give you treatment and tell you if you need to see
1. Place a
cold compress to the area swollen
2. Call the
dentist immediately as you may have an infection and need to be on antibiotics
could an “amalgam tattoo” where some of the silver from an
Amalgam filling has rubbed onto the cheek
2. Gently clean
the area with brushing and rinsing
with your dentist about this lesion because it could pre-cancerous
TO TELL YOUR DENTIST WHEN YOU CALL:
will you be asked when you have a toothache and call your
has it hurt?
makes it hurt? Does it keep you
awake at night?
does it hurt?
been taken anything for the pain?
the location of tooth or pain?
symptoms are you having? (swelling, fever, pain)
This is done to determine the type of emergency
treatment you require. Make sure to
follow up on what the dentist tells you and to attend your return appointment.
antibiotics are not the answer for all situations. An antibiotic will only keep
the infection from spreading and can be used to rule out sinusitis and other
outside the tooth.
Antibiotics cannot clear up an infection inside the pulp of a
tooth. Taking too many antibiotics can cause you to build up an immunity
to antibiotic therapy
in your future.
Continued Dental Emergencies When Alone