Dental Bites: Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can happen to anyone, any where, at any time and any age: no one is safe from an unexpected dental emergency. That is why it is so important that you be prepared to handle any dental emergency that may come your way. This mini-series will help you identify what are dental emergencies and how to respond to minimize any potential long-term damage. The AGD website KnowYourTeeth.com has all of this information and more to help you handle anything that might pop up!
What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is when a tooth breaks or cracks, becomes loosened or is knocked out of place, or out completely. It is also when a crown comes off a tooth or when an injury occurs to the soft tissue of the mouth.
There are many ways to prevent a dental emergency from occurring in the first place though. You can minimize your risks by avoiding foods that might break or chip your teeth. In other words, avoid the urge to crunch on that tasty jawbreaker that you just picked up from the candy store!
Another preventive measure is to always wear a mouth guard when you are participating in sports. In children the top two reasons for tooth loss is due to falls, and sports related injuries. And only one of those reasons can you be pro-active about: sports injuries.
Next time we will discuss what to do in certain dental emergencies. Check back to see what to do when a tooth is knocked out!