A variety of activities can create an emergency visit to the dentist: Eating, playing, exercising, and random acts of clumsiness. Knowing what to do and planning for such dental emergencies can reduce stress and potentially save your teeth.
What are dental emergencies?
Dental emergencies can happen when a tooth cracks, breaks, becomes loose or gets completely knocked out. Existing dental work can become loose or fall out. In either situation your mouth, cheeks, gums, and lips can be cut.
Prevention is the best approach. If you are playing sports, wear a mouth guard. Don’t bite foreign objects.
What if my tooth gets knocked out?
If you lose a tooth completely, call us for an appointment. If you can get here within an hour of losing the tooth, chances are better for saving the tooth. Remember, to bring us the tooth. Many trauma’s create panic and patients forget to retrieve the tooth from the scene. Handle it by the part that bites, not the root.
Touching the root can harm the cells necessary to reattaching the tooth. If you can rinse the tooth (don’t scrub) and place the tooth in your mouth (between the cheek and gum) it will keep the tooth moist. Don’t let the tooth dry out. If you cannot put the tooth between your cheek and gum, wrap the tooth in cloth saturated in milk or saline solution (contact lens solution).
What if my tooth is cracked or chipped?
Chipped teeth are actually minor fractures. If you chip or fracture a tooth, rinse your mouth in warm water and apply an icepack to reduce swelling. Call us for an appointment as soon as possible.
What if my mouth is injured?
Damage to your teeth can cause tears, cuts, punctures and lacerations to your mouth, cheek, tongue or lips. Clean the area with warm water. Contact an oral surgeon for treatment. A trip to the emergency room may be necessary. Areas bleeding heavily will need direct pressure using the hand with gauze.
Keep a dental emergency kit handy
• Savannah Dental Solution’s phone number (912) 354-1366
• Handkerchief and gauze
• Saline solution
• Small lidded container
• Ibuprofen (Don’t use aspirin. It will thin your blood and cause excessive bleeding)
Are we the only dentist in Savannah, GA recommending you brush your tongue? Probably not. However, we’ll go ahead and give you the steps again because there are many advantages to brushing your tongue.
1. Helps reduce and prevent bad breath.
2. Chases away bacteria that can cause tooth decay
The right way? Always brush your tongue from back to front. You can even put some toothpaste or mouthwash on your toothbrush. This recommendation is good for proper adult dentistry and children’s dentistry care. We want to give you simple tips and techniques to keep your smile bright and your breath fresh.
The tip of your tongue is usually self cleaning due to all the movement and friction with swallowing and speaking. This portion of the tongue also comes in contact with the hard palate or roof of your mouth. This friction creates a cleaning action that keeps away build up of bacteria and debris.
The back of the tongue only touches the soft palate and the contact if fairly gentle. There’s not enough friction to keep the bacteria away and build up occurs. This build up of bacteria can cause bad breath and tooth decay.
How can you tell if you have bacteria build up? Stick out your tongue. Do you see a white or brownish film or coating on the back? It usually forms a triangular shape. You’ll need to start as far back as you can. Watch out for your gag reflex… Don’t choke. If you make it a practice to brush or scrape your tongue once a day, the gag reflex will diminish.
Don’t brush or scrape too hard and rinse your mouth when you are done. If you are going to use mouthwash on your brush, look for ones that contain antibacterials chlorine dioxide or cetylpyridinium chloride.
Have fun getting fresher breath!
We are committed to Children’s Dentistry and educating families about how to keep teeth healthy.
Is sugar bad for your teeth? Good question. This old adage is true and not so true at the same time. The amount of sugar is important but not as important as the frequency of the sugar intake. It’s actually better to chug a 40oz soda than it is to sip 4 oz of soda throughout the day; the same is true with sweets that we eat. (We’re not suggesting you drink a 40 oz soda…) Cavities happen because acid is formed by the bacteria that eat the sugars in our mouth. That acid breaks down the enamel and causes tooth decay. Limiting the sugar is good, but limiting the frequency is even more important.
Another myth or recommendation around Halloween is whether to brush your teeth after you eat all of that candy. Well, brushing after consuming a bunch of candy may actually be a bad thing. This is when our teeth are the softest. All that sugar raises the acidity in the mouth making the teeth most susceptable to abrasion or enamel loss. When the teeth are in a demineralized or softened state, we can actually brush away our enamel. Choose a mouthrinse with fluoride instead. This technique can harden the teeth while in this softened state. Unfortunately, when the enamel is gone, its gone. It won’t grow back. Brushing before drinking or eating food actually puts your mouth in a less acidic state. This keeps your teeth much stronger during those sugar binges that we have during Halloween.
Sticky candies are worse than softer ones. Sticky candy or foods can be bad for existing dental work. They can pull out fillings or crowns. Hard candies can break your natural teeth or dental restorations too. Gooey candy can stick to the teeth for long periods of time in the deepest grooves. Bacteria then eats the sugar that is wedged in the crevaces and hard to reach places for much longer. So stay away from sticky candies.
Children’s Dentistry is Important to Us!
Whether a child is visiting our office for the first time or for a regular cleaning, we want them to feel at ease. Nothing stresses a parent out more than seeing their little one upset. We have children. Our staff has children. We understand.
A positive experience at the dentist can lead to better dental health as they grow into teenagers and adults. A large part of our care for family dentistry starts with encouraging children to take good care of their teeth on a daily basis. And we enjoy caring for them and watching them grow year after year.
Calming Dental Fears
Sometimes the reason adults have fear of dental visits is because of an unhappy visit to a dentist when they were a child. No matter what your child may have experienced at a dentist in the past, he or she will love to visit us!
Your Children’s Dentist Is as Important as Their Pediatrician
Good dental care habits started at an early age helps children to keep dental habits for a lifetime. Children’s teeth are more prone to decay for various reasons. We’ll work with you on how to encourage proper brushing and care at home.
Children generally eat throughout the day, which exposes their teeth more frequently to the acid produced by food. If teeth are already not as clean as they can be, additional acid increases the risk that cavities will develop. An application of a fluoride varnish to teeth can be reduce cavities.
Preventing Child Tooth Decay
Children may not brush as well as they should. Even thorough brushing may not clean all the deep grooves or contours of teeth. When plaque from the accumulation of bacteria sets in, decay will develop. Even the smallest amount of decay will need a filling restoration.
Let us introduce to you a way to keep this from happening. With an application of a dental sealant to each tooth, the chances of decay are greatly reduced.
A Great Day at the Dentist
Small rewards are a great way to congratulate a child on their good behavior during their dental cleaning or other procedure. I’m sure you have similar approaches at home. The thrill of digging in the treasure chest is often what we here from the child as soon as they walk in our door. Who doesn’t love a gift?
If you ever have any questions about how we approach children’s dentistry
Find simple instructions for effective flossing.
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Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Schnabel, Schnabel & Smith
9A Medical Arts Center
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: (912) 354-1366