You rely on your family dentist to keep your teeth healthy and see you every few months for a regular scheduled checkup, but sometimes you find yourself in an emergency situation where you need help from your dentist right away. And you know that the dentist office of Dr. Steven Rosenberg and Associates will be there when you need help. 

Knowing what to do in a dental emergency can be the difference between saving or losing a tooth, according to the American Dental Association.

If you knock out a permanent or adult tooth, first try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root . If that’s not possible, keep the moist — conventional wisdom says you should put the knocked out tooth in a glass of milk. If you aren’t somewhere that you have access to a glass of milk, . You can also place it in between your cheek and gums while you head to your dentist’s office right away.

Most dentists keep appointments open for emergencies or provide patients with a number for an emergency dentist on call.

For a cracked tooth, immediately rinse the mouth with warm water and put cold compresses on the face to keep swelling down. If you bite your tongue or lip, clean the area gently with water and apply a cold compress to control swelling.

If you have a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water and use dental floss to remove any food caught between the teeth. If you have something stuck in your mouth,  try to gently remove it with floss but not sharp or pointed instruments.

To prevent tooth injuries, wear a mouthguard when participating in sports or recreational activities, avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy, and se scissors, NEVER your teeth, to cut things.

If you have any questions about how to treat a dental emergency, contact the office of your family dentist, Dr. Steven Rosenberg and Associates.

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