Are You Prepared for a Dental Emergency?
You’re probably well prepared for emergencies like a car crash or a fire in your home – but how’s your readiness for dental emergencies? A mouth injury might sound like a minor inconvenience, but the truth is that just one broken tooth can easily take you out of commission for a day or more – and that’s if you’re able to get a dental appointment quickly. So take a piece of advice from me, Palm Harbor, FL dentist Dr. Paul Caputo, and spend a few bucks putting together a dental emergency kit. Here’s how.
Keep a Kit
A good dental emergency kit doesn’t need to be expensive – but it should be complete enough to cover a variety of possible dental emergencies. If nothing else, your kit ought to have some painkiller, cotton balls or gauze, round toothpicks, and dental floss. Some stores even sell ready-made dental emergency kits for about $15, so you don’t have to run around town looking for all these materials.
Know How to Use It
As important as it is to have a kit, even the best kit won’t be much help if you don’t know how to use the materials in it. The best response if you chip or break a tooth is to press gauze or cotton balls against the site of the injury until the bleeding stops. You can also apply ice to the site – this will reduce pain and help stop any bleeding. Also, try to locate the tooth fragment if you can. If you’re able to get an emergency appointment, avoid using products like dental glue or tooth-filling material, since we’ll have to spend time clearing them out of your mouth.
Know How to Get Help
As soon as possible, call my Palm Harbor, FL office at (727) 789-1333 for an emergency dental appointment. Keep this number in your dental kit, so you won’t have to go looking for an emergency dentist at the time of an emergency. You can also give us a call if you suspect you have an abscess, a cavity, or any other dental problem that’s causing you pain. In cases like these, it’s better to act sooner rather than later, because a small annoyance can turn into a major headache if left untreated.
Handling a dental emergency isn’t too stressful as long as you’re prepared. Just keep some basic first-aid materials handy for your own emergency dental treatment, make sure you know where they are and how to use them, and save the number of a Palm Harbor, FL dentist like me, Dr. Paul Caputo. With these tools on your side, you can often keep a dental emergency from turning into major dental surgery, and prevent it from becoming more than a minor inconvenience.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A