Unfortunately, no matter how careful we are in keeping our teeth safe and healthy, dental emergencies happen. When they do, it helps to be prepared. In this post, we’ll talk about what you can do now to prepare for a dental emergency later.
Assemble a Dental First Aid Kit
You have a traditional first aid kid full of gauze, band aids, antiseptic, and more, but what about a dental first aid kid? If you don’t have one, it’s a good idea. There’s always a chance that you may find yourself or a family member dealing with a dental emergency such as a broken tooth, knocked out tooth, or dental abscess. Important items to have on-hand include gauze, acetaminophen, your dentist’s emergency contact information, dental wax and/or cement, rubber gloves, and an ice pack.
Know What to Do
If you aren’t seeing a dentist regularly–and that’s twice a year for routine visits–start now. Not only are regular visits key to maintaining your oral health and allow you to get ahead of issues like gum disease and cavities, it’ll be important if disaster strikes. If a dental emergency occurs, you’ll want to know that you have a dentist available to go to. Some offices, including McNeely Family Dental, offer same-day care for emergencies. We reserve space in our schedule each and every day in order to accommodate these types of events. And if your emergency occurs after hours, we’ve got you covered. Give us a call 704-496-9001 and one of our on-call doctors can advise you. Be sure to put our number in your contacts!
Great Care at McNeely Family Dentistry
You cannot prevent every dental emergency, but with our help your teeth will be healthy and strong, and if disaster does strike you’ll be at ease knowing that you’re well-prepared and that we’re here to help you.