If a dental emergency arises, do you know what to do? Furthermore, have you ever asked yourself, “If an emergency occurs, is there a dentist near me who will respond?” Ottawa dentist Dr. France Chevalier will educate patients in Gloucester, and the surrounding areas, about the various types of dental emergencies and how to handle them. Being prepared is essential when an emergency occurs. Dr. Chevalier not only keeps patients informed about potential dental emergencies, she promptly responds to them.
Being prepared for dental emergencies
Think of a fire drill. At an early age you were probably taught, “Stop, drop, and roll.” If a fire occurs, you are less likely to panic when you are prepared. Likewise, if a dental emergency strikes, you can feel more at ease when you know how to handle it. It is important to know the most common types of dental emergencies so you can equip yourself with knowledge as well as over the counter solutions. Dr. Chevalier will provide tips on how to respond to the following dental emergencies until she can see you:
- Toothache – Rinse your mouth with warm water. If food is trapped between the tooth and gum, use dental floss to remove it. If the mouth is swollen, place an ice pack on the cheek. Over the counter pain relievers may help, but swallow then, never hold them in the mouth because they will irritate the tissues.
- Broken or chipped tooth – Save the pieces and rinse them and your mouth with warm water. If you bleed, apply gauze to the affected tooth for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. To reduce swelling, place an ice pack on the cheek or lip near the affected tooth.
- Knocked out tooth – Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse off the tooth root with water. Do not remove any tissue fragments or scrub the tooth. Gently place the tooth back in its socket. However, if it is not possible, do not force it. Place the tooth in a container of milk and bring it with you when you see Dr. Chevalier. The chances of saving the tooth are highest within the first hour.
Above all, keep our number with you at all times – +1 (613) 233-1118. If you experience an emergency, call immediately.
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