My family's dental health is important to me. Unfortunately for me, it is not as important to my little ones. Getting my kids to brush and floss on a daily basis is almost like taking on an obstacle course. I talked to my family's dentist about different methods I could try to encourage them to brush and floss on a regular basis. Some of the tricks worked, some did not. After some experimentation and talking to other parents, I was able to come up with a lot of great tips for helping kids care for their teeth. I started this blog to help other parents get creative when it comes to their kids and dental care.
Dental damage happens, but what should you do if you're out of town or away from home? The idea of waiting until you get home can be nerve wracking, but seeing a dentist you've never visited before can also cause some anxiety. If you're in this situation, read this guide to find out what to do.
Examine The Damage
First of all, you should try to examine the damage for yourself and see how bad it is. If the tooth is easily visible, take a close look at it in a mirror. A minor, short chip off the top of your tooth probably won't cause any serious harm if you're heading home relatively soon. However, deeper or longer chips can potentially infringe upon the pulp and even the root of the tooth, causing pain and potentially infection.
If you can't see the tooth, try feeling around it with your tongue or a clean finger. If it hurts when you touch it or when you eat, chances are that the tooth has chipped deeply enough that the tooth's nerve is exposed. This may indicate that the tooth is in danger and needs attention right away.
Call Your Dentist
Whether you're able to ascertain the level of damage or not, you should call your usual dentist. Explain the situation and ask them for advice on whether you should see someone immediately or not. If you're able to explain the level of damage well, they'll be able to advise you on whether you can wait or not.
If your dentist determines that you should see someone right away, they may be able to offer recommendations for the area that you're in. Dentists often network with one another or know of fellow dentists from when they were in school. If your dentist approves of a local dentist's work, chances are you can expect the same level of care that you get at home.
Visit an Emergency Dentist
If you can't get in touch with your dentist, you don't have a dentist at home, or you're in a lot of pain, get to a local emergency dentist right away. Even if the idea of visiting a dentist you're not familiar with makes you anxious, it's better to do it and get it over with to protect your oral health. Seeing a dentist right away will put an end to the pain you're experiencing, and you can rest easy knowing that your tooth won't be damaged further until you can get home.
Having a damaged tooth isn't a pleasant experience under the best circumstances, but it can be especially problematic when you're away from home. Try these tips to determine if you should see someone right away and to get the help you need. Click here to continue reading more.