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It’s inevitable, live long enough and you discover that accidents can happen to anyone, anytime. While you can’t always prepare for the unexpected, when it comes to your smile, knowing what you can do during a dental emergency can make all the difference in being able to save a tooth or losing it.

Today, Dr. Jennifer Rice & Dr. James Rice and our team at Rice Dentistry of Nellysford in Nellysford, Virginia are excited to go over a few things that can help you if you are ever faced with a dental emergency.

-Knocked out tooth: don’t panic! The rule of thumb is to always keep the tooth moist. Never handle it by the roots, and if possible you can rinse it gently with water and try keeping it in the socket. You can also store it between your cheeks and your teeth because saliva protects the tooth.

If you can’t do either of those, you can store it in some milk or an ADA tooth preservation container while transporting it to our dental office. Please call to let us know what happened so we can be ready.

-Cracked tooth: if your tooth has suffered a fracture, again don’t panic. You will want to rinse your mouth with water to remove any oral debris. If your face experiences swelling, you can place a cold compress on your cheek to reduce swelling. Be sure to call our office so we can make an appointment to check on the tooth.

-Toothache: your first step should be to gently rinse your mouth using warm water to remove any oral debris. You can carefully floss your teeth to remove stuck food particles. Give our team a call and we can determine how soon you should come in.

These three steps can help relieve your stress should an emergency arise, as well as help you get the best treatment as soon as possible. Of course, if you should lose a tooth and we are not available, please go to your nearest emergency room. If you have any questions or need to schedule a visit, please call 434-218-7020 today. We look forward to helping you achieve all of your smile goals!