ORANGE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Western Dental, a national leader in dental and orthodontic care, understands that summer is a time of year when access to one’s regular dentist is not always possible due to vacations.
Whether you’re embarking on a long trip by car, taking a flight to an exotic destination, experiencing a fun ocean voyage or simply enjoying a sunny day at the beach, an unexpected problem in your mouth can become a major dilemma.
“We all love our summer vacations and see them as a carefree time of enjoyment and little stress. However, a vacation has the potential to be ruined due to a dental emergency,” said Dr. John Luther, Chief Dental Officer for Western Dental. “Fortunately, there are some common-sense solutions that we can all apply that will alleviate the problem until we return home and can visit our regular dentist.”
Dr. Luther offers these short-term solutions until you can see a professional for the following problems:
- Toothaches. Rinse mouth with warm water and use dental floss to remove any lodged food. If swelling appears, hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek. Never put aspirin against the gums or on the sore tooth, because it may burn the gum tissue.
- Chipped or Broken Tooth. Rinse mouth and any broken pieces with warm water. If bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth to reduce swelling and ease pain.
- Lost Filling. Stick a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity (sugar-filled gum will cause pain) or use an over-the-counter dental cement.
- Lost Crown. If in pain, use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the tooth. Try to slip the crown back over the tooth. Before putting the crown back in place, coat the inner surface with an over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste or denture adhesive to help hold it in place. Never use super glue!
- Broken Braces Wire. If a wire breaks or sticks out and is poking you, use the eraser end of a pencil to move the wire. If that is not working, use orthodontic wax, a small cotton ball or a piece of gauze to cover the wire tip. Don’t cut the wire, because there’s a risk of swallowing it.
- Knocked-out Tooth. Retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth) and rinse with warm water. Using no force, try to replace the tooth facing the right way. If that’s not possible, put the tooth in a small container of milk (or a cup of water that contains a pinch of table salt). A tooth that has been knocked out has the highest chance of being saved when it is returned to the socket within one hour.
These tips can help get you through an emergency, but it’s important to see a dentist when you return home.
To learn more about Western Dental or inquire about an office in your community, visit www.westerndental.com or call 1-800-6-DENTAL.
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Western Dental (with its affiliates, including Brident Dental & Orthodontics and Western Dental Kids) is one of the nation’s largest dental providers and is the leader in accessible, affordable oral healthcare, serving approximately 2.4 million patient visits annually in 246 affiliated offices throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas. In addition to general dentistry, it offers orthodontics, oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and endodontics in its offices, creating a convenient full service “Dental Home.”
In California, Western Dental is the leading provider of services to both adults and children in the Medi-Cal Dental program – part of the Medi-Cal public insurance program that provides health care benefits for more than 13 million low-income individuals and families. Western Dental dentists provided care to more than a half-million Medi-Cal Dental beneficiaries in 2017 and is committed to continuing to partner with the State to help improve the program.
All of Western Dental’s services are backed by a unique quality assurance system that monitors patient visits, treatments, dental staff and clinical performance to enable high-quality care. To learn more about Western Dental or inquire about an office in your community, visit www.westerndental.com or call 1-800-6-DENTAL.