Prevent (And Manage) Dental Emergencies This Holiday Season

When it comes to the holiday season, the “most wonderful time of the year,” your time is best spent baking cookies with your family and spending quality time with your loved ones.

The last thing you should have to worry about is a dental disaster.

Toothaches and trauma can happen anytime, but with a little care — and a little help from Fairhope Cosmetic Dentistry — you can prevent dental emergencies and manage them if they do occur. We can help you alleviate pain and repair dental damage so you can get back to what’s truly important: making memories with your family and friends!

Read on for some ways to keep your teeth healthy this holiday season. Then, prioritize great dental health in 2018! For great cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry, give our Fairhope, AL office a call at 251-210-7142.

 

1. Don’t Use Your Teeth To Open Presents And Bottles.

 

We get it. Presents are exciting. And in the moment, it might seem like your incisor is the ideal tool for prying apart the ribbon that’s tightly wrapped around your gift.

But using your teeth in ways they aren’t meant to be used — such as for gift bows, bottles, and shelled nuts — is a dental emergency waiting to happen. These behaviors can lead to broken teeth and possible damage to the nerve-filled inner portion of a tooth. This kind of damage can require a root canal procedure or even a tooth extraction.

Of course, the best way to avoid a dental disaster is to avoid risky behaviors. But we understand that accidents happen, particularly during the holiday season. Even if you’re not using your teeth in ways they’re not intended to be used, teeth can get knocked out when kids rough-house at a family get-together. Teeth can break when you bite down the wrong way on a candy cane.

If you experience a dental emergency, give Fairhope Cosmetic Dentistry a call at 251-210-7142. Dr. Boles can do an emergency tooth filling to relieve dental pain caused by tooth decay. If you’ve chipped or knocked out a tooth, he can also help you repair the damage.

Many people are hesitant to call the dentist when disaster strikes because they’re unsure whether their situation constitutes an emergency.

Here are some common dental emergencies we see at Fairhope Cosmetic Dentistry.

  • Severe toothache
  • Trauma
  • Knocked out tooth
  • Chipped or broken tooth
  • Swelling
  • TMJ

If you’ve knocked out a tooth, a little quick thinking on your end can save it.

Hold the tooth by the crown (the top part that was visible when it was still in your mouth), and rinse it under warm water. Take care not to touch the root or remove any tissue that might be attached. If you can, place the tooth back into its socket. If that’s not possible, place it in a small container of milk.

If you’ve broken a tooth, leave the pieces in place and call us right away! Trying to remove the broken piece can cause more damage, so it’s important to see us as soon as possible.

One last important note about dental emergencies: If you’re experiencing severe bleeding that you can’t seem to get under control, seek immediate medical attention. Give us a call afterward, and we’ll help you get your dental health back on track.

 

2. Choose Smile-Friendly Stocking Stuffers.

 

Another great way to avoid a dental emergency? Avoid jawbreakers and other hard candies that can spell disaster for little teeth. These treats, of course, can break the teeth of children and adults alike if accidentally consumed without care.

Sticky candies like caramels and gummies are also problematic. They easily get stuck into the hard-to-clean nooks and crannies of teeth. Left to linger, these sugary particles invite bacteria that cause tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.

So what sweets are safe to enjoy?

Chocolate is a teeth-friendly winner, particularly dark chocolate. Not only is it easier to remove from teeth, but there are even some health benefits. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants!

Another teeth-friendly option is sugarless chewing gum. The American Dental Association has actually given its Seal of Acceptance to several different brands and flavors that have shown to actually reduce your chances of tooth decay!

And of course, non-food goodies are a great alternative to candy when it comes to stocking stuffers. Even little things, like stickers or small toy, are sure to delight.

 

3. Don’t Ditch Your Routine Brushing And Flossing!

 

You’ll be up late wrapping presents and rushing to get in some last-minute baking or shopping. But don’t let regular brushing and flossing fall by the wayside!

The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, using a soft-bristle toothbrush. It also suggests flossing once a day.

Then, when all the excitement of the holiday season is over, be sure to schedule a routine dental cleaning and checkup!

Fairhope Cosmetic Dentistry works hard to detect the earliest signs of tooth decay and gum disease to reduce the likelihood you’ll need a more involved curative procedure down the road.

Give us a call at 251-210-7142 to schedule an appointment, or use our convenient online form.

And of course, happy holidays from Fairhope Cosmetic Dentistry!