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If an emergency suddenly arose, there is a number that you’ve probably had memorized since you were very young. You would probably take comfort in knowing that a professional would be on the other end of the phone who could help you know how to handle the situation. But if there was a dental emergency, would you know what to do?

Having a plan in place before a crisis arises can help you in times of crisis when stress may be high. With that in mind, Dr. Soren Michaelsen wants to help by providing you with the following directions for some common dental emergencies you may encounter:

– You can rinse your mouth with warm water for a toothache and try to gently floss. If the discomfort persists, however, you should come to see our dentist.
– If a tooth breaks you should rinse your mouth with warm water, use ice to reduce any swelling and come to see us as quickly as you can.
– For a bitten lip or tongue, the area can be gently cleaned with a cloth and some ice can be used. After a short period of time, if the bleeding hasn’t ceased, or is heavy, you should seek immediate medical attention.
– If a tooth gets knocked out, it can be held by its crown and the root may be rinsed gently if it has gotten dirty. You should NEVER remove or scrub off any tissue that is attached. You can place the tooth in a glass of milk and bring it with you to our dentist as soon as possible.
– If, when a dental emergency occurs, you are traveling, you can ask a local emergency room for a dental referral. If you are outside of the country, you can appeal to the U.S. Embassy or your hotel’s staff for advice.

For more tips on handling dental emergencies, or to schedule a routine checkup at Dental Arts of Catoosa, please call us at 918-266-6470. We are proud to help the people in Catoosa, Oklahoma, and the surrounding areas with their dental health.