Ah, the holidays. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, a bowl full of peppermints and candy canes. During the holidays, we often indulge in food we don’t normally eatand can damage our teeth.
The last thing on anyones mind is a dental emergency trip to dentist, so remember to chew hard foods slowly and carefully.
Should a dental emergency arise, its a good idea to have a dental first-aid kit on hand to minimize the pain and discomfort until you can see a dentist.
To help you prepare, here are some items to keep in your dental emergency kit:
- Pain relievers. Over-the-counter pain relievers like Ibuprofen or Naproxen can help relieve dental pain caused by inflammation.
- Temporary dental cement. You can use temporary dental cement to replace a filling or secure a crown. A piece of softened sugarless gum can also work as a temporary filling.
- Soft dental floss. If you have a toothache or objects between your teeth, use soft dental floss to remove any excess food particles.
- A denture repair product. If you wear dentures, ask your dentist for this product to temporarily fix any broken, missing or worn parts of a denture.
- A cold compress. If you bit your tongue or lip, break a tooth or think that your jaw may be broken, apply a cold compress to the area to minimize any swelling.
It always pays to be prepared. Ask your dentist about after-hours emergency care, or look for emergency dental clinics in your area. And, remember to have a safe and happy holiday!
Have you ever had a dental emergency during the holidays? Tell us what you did to ease the pain in the comments below.