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During a natural disaster, it’s best to have a plan so you can be prepared and less stressed and scared. It’s the same with a dental disaster. If you have a plan, dental emergencies don’t seem as terrifying or overwhelming. So, our John S. Grisham, DDS team encourages you to create a plan to use during a dental disaster. To help you, we recommend including the following things in the written details:

-For a knocked-out tooth: If you knock a tooth out of your mouth, it’s best to find the tooth and keep it alive. To keep it alive, put it between your gums and cheek, in a glass of milk, or in a glass of water with a pinch of table salt. See your dentist as soon as possible.

-For a broken bridge or crown: If you have a broken dental bridge or dental crown, it’s best to avoid wiggling or playing with it. Moving it could harm the abutment within. If it has fallen out of your mouth, keep it in a safe place until your appointment. If possible, use over-the-counter dental cement to put it back into place. Don’t use superglue.

-For an injured tongue: If you’ve injured your tongue, try rinsing the blood and debris away by rinsing with lukewarm saltwater. You can place a wet cloth or gauze pad on the area to stop the bleeding. Make sure you apply pressure to the injury. If it won’t stop bleeding in about 30 minutes, it’s best to visit the urgent care.

If you use these tips, you’ll be on the right track toward restoring your oral health and smile after an oral emergency. For more information on how to handle an oral emergency in Littleton, New Hampshire, please call our office today at 603-444-2100 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. John S. Grisham. We look forward to helping you!