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Don’t let your holiday season become a holiday disaster without taking the steps necessary to protect yourself. With all the sugary sweets and treats during the holidays, our teeth and gums are especially vulnerable. In addition, accidents can occur so it is important to do your part of caring for your teeth and gums if something unexpected happens. 

Here are some tips to protect yourself in the event of an oral accident:

– If you have chipped or broken any teeth, if possible, try to save the teeth. To minimize bleeding, rinse your mouth with warm water and use gauze directly on the area. To dull the pain and to keep swelling down, use a cold compress against your cheek. Keep the damaged teeth moist at all times. If a tooth has been knocked out, it may be possible to be put back into place if you visit your dentist immediately.

– If you have lost a filling, try using a piece of sugarless gum to temporarily cover the cavity.

– If you have broken your braces or wires, try to temporarily reposition the broken part back into position. If you cannot, try to cover the end of the break with a cotton ball or piece of gauze. To avoid additional health hazards, do not attempt to cut off or remove the broken parts.

– If you have lost a crown, you can temporarily use clove oil to dab on the sensitive area. If you wish to temporarily slip the crown back over the tooth, coat the inside of the crown with dental cement or a denture adhesive.

– If you have chipped or broken any teeth, if possible, try to save the teeth. To minimize bleeding, rinse your mouth with warm water and use gauze directly on the area. To dull the pain and to keep swelling down, use a cold compress against your cheek. Keep the damaged teeth moist at all times. If a tooth has been knocked out, it may be possible to be put back into place if you visit your dentist immediately.

The most important thing you can do in an oral emergency is to seek out your dentist immediately. Smiles of East Lake can be reached by calling us at 619.482.1962 or visiting our office in Chula Vista, California. You can also go to the emergency room at the nearest hospital.