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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies – Fairfax, VA

Reduce Your Discomfort and Prevent Additional Damage

In the midst of a dental emergency, you’ll feel stressed, anxious, and panicked, making it difficult to keep a cool head and act efficiently and effectively to ease your pain and prevent further damage to your mouth. When you contact our team at Fairfax Dental Esthetics, we’ll provide you with first-aid guidance while you’re en route to our dental office. That way, you won’t have to feel like you’re handling one of the most stressful situations you’ve encountered on your own. Here are some additional tips and tricks for how to handle common dental emergencies in Fairfax, VA.

Dislodging Debris Between Teeth

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Hard food particles like popcorn kernels can become stuck between your teeth and cause sharp pain and gum damage. The best way to try to remove them is to gently maneuver a piece of wax-coated dental floss around the affected area. It may help to rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater beforehand to loosen the object and help soothe your gums. Although it may be tempting, don’t try to remove the object with a safety pin or any type of sharp object. It could damage your gums, scratch your teeth, or result in an infection. If you’re unable to remove the debris from your mouth, don’t hesitate to contact our dental office.

Severe Toothache Caused by Infection

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On our emergency dentistry page, we provide you with some basic instructions on what to do for severe toothaches. Here, we offer some additional remedies to help with severe tooth pain while you’re on your way to our dental office:

  • Place a dampened, slightly warm peppermint tea bag on the affected area of your gums. It has natural numbing, soothing, and antibacterial properties that will help ease your pain.
  • Add a drop of thyme essential oil to a glass of water and swish with it like you would a mouthwash. Thymol has antiseptic and antifungal properties that can help prevent additional pain.
  • Soak a cotton ball in clove oil and apply it to the area of your mouth that’s in pain. Cloves have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can help fight off your infection.

Damaged Oral Tissue

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If you’ve bitten or injured your tongue, cheek, gums, or lip, you can control the bleeding by following these steps:

  • Rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater.
  • Use a moistened piece of gauze and apply pressure to the area that’s bleeding to help the blood clot. Continue holding it in place for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • If you’re in pain, you can hold a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek for up to 10 minutes. This can also help reduce the bleeding.

If the bleeding can’t be controlled, you may need to visit your local emergency room before making your way to our dental office. That way, you can receive the urgent medical care you need. As soon as you’re done there, you can schedule an appointment with us to get any dental concerns taken care of.

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