Dental first aid is rarely taught in first-aid classes and most first-aid kits do not include basic dental supplies, it is a good idea for you to prepare yourself now. A stitch in time saves nine – dealing promptly with a minor problem will prevent it from developing into a more complicated or larger-scale problem.
The key to preventing most dental emergencies is the same as the key to maintaining good oral health: See your dentist regularly. Dentists can spot dental problems before they become emergencies.
However, there is no way for you to predict when a dental emergency will occur. You could be sitting at home, watching the news or gisting with a friend or on a vacation or chewing waakye (rice & beans) and you unexpectedly crush some stone. It can come on without warning and knock you right off your feet. If you’ve ever had one, you know what I mean. While the best thing to do is get to a dentist immediately, I understand that’s not always possible. Because it could be a weekend with no dentist available or a three-day trip away or dental anxiety (click here to read on how to get familiar with the dental chair)
You might be able to get by until Monday if it’s a weekend, by trying some of these tips. Remember, no matter what your dental emergency is, it is important to consult a dentist as soon as possible especially if it happens on a week day, don’t delay.
Toothache from hole in tooth:
Toothaches are the result of an inflammation of the nerves inside the teeth. A toothache is a horrible thing to endure and it always signals that something is wrong. It usually start as intermittent pain, (ie pain comes and goes and most people ignore), I usually tell patients “that is God giving you signal”. If left untreated it can lead to serious health problems beyond the infected tooth. Remember blood goes everywhere, an infection can travel.
If you are in severe pain or have swelling in or around your mouth, contacting a dental surgeon should be your first priority. These tips are to limit the pain and inflammation to temporarily ease discomfort Toothaches won’t just go away. Your ULTIMATE toothache remedy will come from a dentist.
For example from either bad habit of opening sealed bottles or accidentally chewing on a stone in food
Impact due to a fall or blow or road traffic accident may cause a tooth to become loose, shift its position or fall out. It is a good idea to see a dentist as soon as this happens so he or she can evaluate the knocked out tooth and reposition or splint it if necessary. But there are a few things you can do to maximize recovery.
Remember bleeding gums is not normal it is a sign of gingivitis. Gums are red and swollen, and may bleed when teeth are brushed.
To help alleviate discomfort,
So far we have talked about dental First Aid and not Final Aid for emergencies affecting our natural permanent /adult tooth, next week we will look at emergencies for restored/replaced tooth ie broken dentures, pinching wires from braces.
Thanks for reading, See you same time next week, Happy Teethlicious Tuesday! Stay Gorgeous Stay Professional!
Dr Oyaks is an oral health care blogger at Ghanahealthnest.com, a fully qualified practicing dental surgeon with a Ghanaian blood and a Nigerian mind. She has a passion for teaching and sharing oral health knowledge because it all starts in the mouth, Healthy mouth, Healthy body. Her life goal is to stay connected to the vine, stay gorgeous & stay professional. See more at www.DrOyaks.me