When a new year begins, many of us add an increase in activity to our list of goals. Plenty of children get new bikes and begin learning to ride them. While physical efforts such as these are rites of passage that are good for mind, body, and soul, accidents can happen. What would you do if you were tossing around a football and ended up getting a broken or knocked out tooth? Your Corona dentists at Riverside Dental Group challenge you to a quiz on what to do in the dental emergency of losing all or part of a tooth.
Q1. True or false – If you lose a part of a tooth, or an entire tooth, you should retain the tooth and/or fragments.
Q2. True or false – If you do lose a tooth, you should avoid rinsing or any beverages until you get to the dentist, in case tooth roots are still intact.
Q3. True or false – Warm compresses are a good way to control pain with a tooth injury.
Q4. True or false – Avoid allowing aspirin to sit against gum tissue for any extended period of time.
A1. TRUE – If you can find the tooth, or there are large enough pieces of fragments, they may possibly be reattached with quick action. Soaking them in either milk, or a solution or salt and water will help keep the parts of the tooth moist, which is essential. Getting to an emergency dentist within an hour with soaked tooth in hand should be your goal.
A2. FALSE – In the event of a mouth injury where blood is present, always rinse your mouth out with warm water as soon as possible. This will remove any blood, dirt, or food particles that could result in infection.
A3. FALSE – Cold compresses are the way to go. Applying an ice pack or anything cold to the outside of the injured part of your mouth can reduce swelling while your await your emergency dental appointment. Taking a recommended dose of over-the-counter pain killers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen can give you a jump start to feeling more comfortable.
A4. TRUE – Always avoid aspirin for children that are under the age of 18, but if an adult takes it for pain management, be sure to swallow quickly. Allowing aspirin to sit against gum tissue can actually cause a slight burn, which will only add to your discomfort.
General Dentistry in Corona
Many dentists offer emergency appointments. If your regular dentist is not available when you sustain an injury to your teeth or gums, find the closest one and call them as quickly as possible. At Dental Associates of Corona, we offer comprehensive general dentistry services for your entire family. You can schedule a consultation at our Corona dental office by calling (951) 273-9580. We serve patients in the 92879 area and surrounding communities.