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Forever Fit Magazine October 2018 – Ames Fitness Center – Prepare Yourself for Dental Emergencies

Forever Fit Magazine October 2018
Ames Fitness Center
Prepare Yourself for Dental Emergencies
by Dr. Jason Niegsch, Dentistry At Somerset Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental problems usually don’t arise suddenly, but accidents take place during sports or even routine activities that result in dental emergencies. If not treated, dental emergencies can cause permanent damage to your oral and physical health. It’s important for you to understand what constitutes a dental emergency, and what to do if you have one.
A dental emergency is any condition that causes dental pain and serious risks to oral health, such as injury or inflammation to the teeth, gums or jaw. A dentist should always evaluate whether the situation needs an emergency response. For dental injuries time is of the essence. Any delay could result in tooth loss.
The most important thing after an injury or accident is to stay calm and call your dentist. Before reaching your dentist, reduce pain and minimize damage by following these guidelines:
Knocked-out Tooth (or Teeth)

*   Secure & Clean the Tooth – Hold the tooth on the biting surface. Avoid touching the root, as it can cause damage to the cells that form bone around the tooth root, and reattachment becomes difficult. Clean the tooth of any debris by rinsing it in milk or saline. If these aren’t available, use water. Avoid scrubbing the tooth, as it can damage root cells.
*   Insert the Tooth into Position – Try re-inserting the cleaned tooth gently back into its socket. If this isn’t possible, keep the tooth loosely held between your cheek and gum and visit your dentist immediately.
Fractured tooth
Rinse your mouth with warm water, then apply a cold compress or ice pack to the area. This action will minimize swelling. If necessary, use an over-the-counter pain reducer. If there is bleeding, control it by biting hard onto a piece of clean cloth or gauze. Call your dentist for more instructions.
First Aid Kit
In case of dental emergencies, first aid kits at home, at work and in the car should include:

*   Emergency contact number for your dentist.
*   A clean handkerchief or piece of cloth.
*   A roll of antiseptic gauze.
*   A little lidded container (in case a knocked-out tooth needs to be preserved).
*   Over the counter painkiller (Avoid those containing aspirin).
“Time is one of the most important factors in the long-term success of dental emergency treatment. Please don’t try to “tough it out” or delay contacting a dentist after an accident.”
-Dr. Daniel Krook, Dentistry At Somerset
How to Avoid Dental Emergencies
It is always best to avoid emergencies. Some of the precautions are:

*   Don’t Test the Strength of your Teeth – Do not crack nuts, open containers or packaging with your teeth, or bite on hard candies. Doing so can lead to tooth cracking or fractures.
*   Wear a mouthguard – mouthguards are removable appliances that are worn during contact sports to prevent accidental trauma and injuries.

On Friday, November 3 Dentistry At Somerset will be providing FREE dental care to veterans and active military personnel. No questions about finances or insurance will be asked. Military ID must be provided. Reservation are required. Email<> to reserve your appointment. This is Dentistry At Somerset’s 3rd annual Veteran/Military free dental care event in partnership with the National Organization, “Smiles for Freedom.”