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4 Ways to Prepare for a Dental Emergency

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Emergencies can happen when you least expect it and they usually do. Here are four ways to prepare for a dental emergency now to make a future incident less stressful:

1. Have an Emergency Tooth Fund

Do you have a piggy bank or maybe a travel savings jar? Many people are heavily impacted financially by their dental emergencies, so consider adding an emergency tooth fund to that list as well. By saving now, you’ll be less stressed about worrying how to pay for needed dental care later. At Stratman Family Dentistry, we offer affordable dental care in Tucson, accept a variety of payment options, and provide monthly financing plans so you can get the treatment you need even when money is tight.

2. Research How to Handle Emergencies

It’s incredibly helpful to know how to treat a dental emergency at home, especially if you have children or if you’re susceptible to dental injuries. Do some research online or talk to our expert dental team to learn how to handle common dental incidents, such as a chipped, fractured, or knocked-out tooth, until you can make it to our office or an emergency room. Many dental emergencies can be addressed using tools right in your kitchen. For instance:

  • Salt and warm water rinses can help alleviate a toothache and clean a chipped or fractured tooth to prevent infection.
  • Ice cubes can be made into a cold compress to minimize swelling after a blow to the face.
  • Milk can preserve a knocked-out tooth for about 30 minutes until we can return it to its socket.
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3. Make a Dental First Aid Kit

Emergencies happen where you least expect it. Keep a first aid kit accessible at all times. Be sure to include items useful for dental emergencies:

  • Gloves
  • Nonwoven gauze to staunch oral bleeding
  • Dental adhesive for dentures or a dislodged filling or crown
  • A tooth preservation kit for when you don’t have access to milk
  • An alcohol-free antibacterial mouthwash
  • String floss to dislodge pesky food particles

4. Visit Our Office Every 6 Months

One of the best ways to prepare for a dental emergency is to visit us regularly. We can provide tips on how to handle future dental emergencies, and regular cleanings and professional dental checkups will help you prevent and catch small issues before they advance into emergency situations, such as advanced decay and gum disease. Contact our Stratman Family Dentistry team to schedule a checkup!

Call Us ASAP!

We offer same-day care for dental emergencies. If you do experience a dental emergency, call us at 520-745-6871 ASAP because it’s critical to receive treatment as soon as possible. If left untreated for too long, some teeth cannot be saved.

6 Common Causes of Toothaches

Nobody wants to deal with a toothache. It’s inconvenient and downright painful! So, why do people get toothaches? Here are a few of the top reasons why you might experience a toothache:

1. Teeth Grinding

When you grind your teeth, you wear down the layers of enamel. The closer you get to the nerve, the more discomfort you will feel. If teeth grinding is a problem for you, a mouth guard might be the solution you’re looking for.

2. Abnormal Bite

Having an abnormal bite can put a large amount of pressure on your teeth, and when this pressure intensifies, it can cause your tooth to ache.

3. Tooth Trauma

If you’ve recently experienced dental trauma of any kind, perhaps while playing a contact sport, you could be at risk of a toothache. If you’re experiencing swelling after dental trauma, make sure to ice the affected area and contact Dr. Stratman.

4. Infection

Infections often cause inflammation, which can manifest as a toothache. If you ever get cuts on your mouth or gum, make sure to rinse with salt water and keep them clean while they heal.

5. Temperature Sensitivity

Many people are sensitive to very hot or very cold beverages and food, which can cause toothaches. This sensitivity could be because of tooth decay or a loose filling. Be careful what you eat and drink, and use Sensodyne or a similar toothpaste to decrease sensitivity in your mouth.

6. Recent Dental Treatment

If you’ve just had dental treatment, you could be experiencing a temporary toothache. In most cases, this discomfort will disappear in a few days. If it doesn’t, contact our office.

We Will Find a Solution for Your Tooth Pain

If you’re experiencing a toothache, take over-the-counter pain medication and give our dental practice a call. Our team will know the best way to help you. At Stratman Family Dentistry, we can check out what’s causing your toothache and recommend appropriate next steps.

Do you have more questions about toothaches or your oral health? Contact our friendly team today to get answers!