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Accidents, injuries and emergencies involving the teeth or mouth can happen to anyone. We have some helpful information to help you know how to give first aid and when to seek medical assistance concerning your dental needs. Here at [practice-name], we endeavor to provide the best patient service for those in need of assistance.

First, prevention is key. If you are playing sports or engaging in physical recreation, consider wearing a mouthguard as a precaution. Wearing one could mean the difference between losing or keeping your teeth in the event of a mouth injury. Other things you can do to avoid a mouth injury are not using your teeth to open packages (that’s what scissors are for) and not chewing ice. Be extra careful when eating hard candy and popcorn as those kernels can mean trouble.

Now, if you have experienced a mouth injury, go to your dentist or the emergency room immediately. Dentists typically keep some flexibility in their schedules for emergencies like these. Here’s what you need to know:

If you have knocked out a permanent tooth, try to find the tooth and keep it moist. Do this by putting the tooth back in its socket, though not touching the root, or by holding the tooth in your mouth by the side of your cheek or even by placing the tooth in milk. Using a cold compress for any swelling, head straight to your dentist’s office.

If you have cracked a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water, use a cold compress for swelling, and go to see your dentist as soon as you can.

In a dental emergency, we are ready to provide assistance and get your teeth back to their original smile. Please call Primary Dental Clinic at 432-570-7080 and we will do everything we can to help you.