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Just like having a safety plan for a natural disaster, you also need to have a safety plan for an oral emergency. Having a plan can help you be prepared and less stressed if you experience an oral emergency, so our Texas Teeth team encourages you to create the plan that will help you. When making your plan, we encourage you to include these things in the fine details:

-For a knocked-out tooth: If you’ve knocked a tooth out of place, then try to find the tooth, or the pieces of the tooth, and keep it in a safe place. The only way your dentist can put it back into place is if it’s still alive. So, keep it alive by putting it between your gums and cheek, in a glass of milk, or in a glass of water with a pinch of table salt. You can also purchase a tooth-preservation product at the store.

-For a broken bridge or crown: If you’ve broken a dental bridge or dental crown, don’t wiggle or play with it. Playing or wiggling it could harm the abutment underneath. If it has fallen out of your mouth, keep the restoration in a safe place and take it into your dental appointment. If possible, use over-the-counter dental cement and cement it back into place until you can see your dentist.

-For an injured tongue: If you’ve injured your tongue, rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater and place a wet washcloth or gauze pad over the injury. Apply pressure if possible to stop the bleeding. If the bleeding hasn’t stopped in about 30 minutes, it’s best to visit the nearest urgent care facility.

If you use these tips, you should be in good shape until your dentist, Dr. Scharla Collins, can treat you. If you would like to learn more about what to do in an oral emergency in Mesquite, Texas, please call our office today and talk to a member of our dental team. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!