Saturday, April 5, 2014

Spring Time is Here - Dental Safety Tips from Miami Dentist

Summer is here! Time for fun and sports. The warm weather is arriving, and with it comes an increase in outdoor sports and activities. Being active is a good thing to do for a healthy body – make sure your mouth is ready for the action!

Handling Dental Injuries
Of course, dental emergencies can still happen. Here are some simple tips for you to follow if you are faced with one of the more common dental emergencies. Keep this list and the emergency kit items below in your sports bag!

If a Tooth is Knocked Out:
Immediately call your dentist for an emergency appointment. Hold the tooth by the crown, not the root, and gently rinse with water if it is dirty. Do not scrub or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in the socket or in your mouth between the check and gum to keep it moist. Otherwise, put the tooth in a cup of milk and get the dentist immediately. Remember to take the tooth with you!
Broken Tooth:
Rinse your mouth with warm water. Use an ice pack or cold compress to keep any swelling down. Use ibuprofen, not aspirin, for pain. Aspirin is an anti-coagulant, which may cause excessive bleeding in a dental emergency. Immediately go to your dentist.
Broken Jaw:
Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Go to your dentist or a hospital emergency room immediately.
Gums or Tissues are Injured:
Injuries to the inside of the mouth such as tears, puncture wounds or cuts to the cheek, lips or tongue should be cleaned right away with warm water. Go to the emergency room if severe.
Bitten Lip or Tongue:
Clean the area gently with a cloth and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, go to a hospital emergency room immediately. Bleeding from a cut tongue can be reduced by pulling the tongue forward and using gauze to place pressure on the wound.
Emergency Dental Kit:
Dentist’s phone numbers (office and an emergency home or cell number), Saline solution,  and a clean handkerchief.
Cosmetic dentist Dr. Isidoros  Mereos enjoys bettering the lives of his patients through the practice of cosmetic dentistry at Precious Smiles in the Miami Beach area. Our team looks forward to meeting with you and developing a plan tailored to meet your individual needs. You can make an appointment with our cosmetic dentist by calling our friendly staff at (305) 532-9114 or by visiting www.precioussmiles.com. Please don't hesitate to contact Precious Smiles if you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry.
Precious Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry Center -Miami Beach
(305) 532-9114
1315 Alton Rd.
Miami Beach, Fl 33139
 
www.precioussmiles.com