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Have you ever suffered from an oral emergency before? If not, it is important to remember that a single moment in time due to an oral accident or injury is enough to completely destroy your smile. Thus, it is important to always make sure you’re taking the necessary steps to keep your smile safe from all the hazards and risks that life presents us. If you are faced with an oral emergency, stay calm and take the necessary steps to ensure the greatest chance of success and a speedy recovery.

If you should ever have an object stuck between your teeth, it is important to use the proper tools to try to remove it. Never use a sharp object or any instrument that can easily damage your gums. This includes objects that can cut your gums, slice your teeth or scratch your tooth enamel. Instead, use a tool such as dental floss to help to carefully dislodge the object.

If you have suffered from a lost or broken dental filling or dental crown, do not fret, as repairs can be done by your dentist. If you lose a dental filling, cover the exposed area with a piece of sugarless chewing gum or dental cement until professional oral health care can be given. In the case of a lost dental crown, it is important to cover the exposed tooth with a cotton swab dabbed and clove oil. Visit your dentist for repairs or a replacement. If you still have the crown, it may be possible to temporarily place it back over the tooth with dental cement, denture adhesive, or toothpaste.

Save your smile with oral accident treatments. If you would like to visit with Dr. James Kinsel and our team at Clear Lake Dental for a comprehensive examination, please call 707-994-9414 to set up an appointment at our dentist office in Clearlake, California.