Prevent a Dental Emergency this Fall
Fall is an exciting time for many families. Not only have children returned to school and families begin adjusting to a busier routine, but fall sports and activities are also underway. Nothing can ruin a fun time or exciting plans like a dental emergency. It always seems like an emergency happens at the worst time. We want to provide you with some ways to determine what is a dental emergency and how to prevent emergencies from occurring. Read on to learn more.
What is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency can occur at any time. Like any unexpected situation, it is best to remain calm. At times, it can be difficult to know how severe an emergency might be and if a visit to our office is needed. If any of these instances occur, call our office as soon as possible:
- A tooth gets knocked out
- A mouth injury won’t stop bleeding
- Broken or damaged braces
- A significantly cracked or chipped tooth
- A lost filling or crown
- A dental abscess
Ways to Prevent Dental Emergencies
One of the best ways to prevent a dental emergency is to visit our office for regularly routine hygiene examinations and cleanings. During these visits, we examine your mouth for signs of decay or other issues that can impact the state of your oral health. When you postpone or delay routine care, dental problems continue to progress until it leads to severe discomfort or other problems that need immediate treatment.
If you or a loved one plays sports, one of the best ways to avoid a dental emergency when playing is to use a mouthguard. If your mouth is hit while playing, the mouthguard will take most of the impact and act as a protection for your teeth. Mouthguards are a great way to help prevent serious dental issues during sports and should be worn by children, teens, and adults alike.
If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency it is important to remain calm and contact our office located in Burton, MI for instructions. Serious issues may need immediate attention at a local emergency room, but we can help determine if you need emergency services or we can treat you in our office. We also recommend calling to schedule a routine hygiene examination and cleaning if it has been some time since your last appointment. We wish you and your family a healthy fall season!