Dental emergencies can create panic, but with the proper preparation, you can minimize your chances of suffering a dental emergency and maximize your preparation should one indeed come to pass. To help you prepare, your Grand Prairie dentist, Dr. Quinn Smith, has put together the following tips.
Preparation Tips from Your Grand Prairie Emergency Dentist
1. Wear a mouthguard in all relevant situations. If you play a contact sport, you know how much impact your body can take. Unfortunately, your mouth can suffer from this impact if you do not wear a mouthguard. A jarring collision can cause your mouth to snap shut rapidly, inflicting significant force on your teeth, which can break under the strain. There is also a risk that you can severely bite your tongue or cheek. However, if you wear a mouthguard, your mouth will be cushioned in the event of a collision, preventing a dental emergency.
2. Beware the signs of bruxism. A dental emergency does not always have to stem from a major collision. Bruxism (teeth grinding) can wear teeth down over time, eventually causing them to break. Thus, keep an eye out for signs of bruxism, which include visible wear on teeth, frequent sensitivities (especially in the mornings), and a sore jaw.
3. Have a plan. Any dental emergency can be made less daunting by having an emergency plan in place. Program the number of your Grand Prairie emergency dentist, Dr. Smith, into your phone so that you will not have to spend precious time trying to find it. Also, keep in mind that there are a few important steps you can take to deal with an emergency before you arrive at the dental office. If a tooth breaks, rinse your mouth with warm water to remove some bacteria. If your tooth is knocked out, find the tooth and handle it by the root. Then rinse it and attempt to replace it in its socket.
Visit with Your Grand Prairie Emergency Dentist
When it comes to a dental emergency, time is of the essence, so if an emergency situation arises, don’t wait to seek dental assistance. Contact our 75052 dental office to talk to your Grand Prairie emergency dentist, Dr. Smith, today by calling 972-262-5111. We welcome patients from Grand Prairie, Arlington, South Dallas, Cedar Hill, Duncanville, and surrounding communities.