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Oral emergencies are relatively common – and can also be very serious. Preparation and education about accidents that may occur can make a profound difference in saving your smile or the smile of someone you love.

A familiar oral accident is biting your lips and gums. Although these are often minor accidents, they can be quite serious, as they can potentially cause serious wounds or lead to infection. If you are bleeding, wash out your mouth with lukewarm water and apply a gauze pad to the cut. If after a few minutes the wound continues to bleed profusely, it may require stitches to close. This is an appropriate time to call 911 and take a trip to the emergency room.

You may also crack or lose a tooth. This can happen while playing contact sports, eating crunchy foods or ice, or even throughout basic daily activities. It is sometimes possible for dentists to reattach teeth or bits of teeth that have been knocked out. Keeping the tooth or pieces of the tooth moisturized is important for future re-attachment success. Place the tooth in a tooth-saving product like Save-A-Tooth, or if you don’t have that, milk, until a trip to visit your dentist can be made. You’ll want to make that appointment as soon as possible. Explain to your dentist that you have a dental emergency and describe it the best you can and our dental team will coach you about what to do.

If you have a dental emergency, simply book an appointment at our dentist office in Lake City, Florida, by calling Lake City Family Dental Center, PA at 386.752.1342. Dr. Reeve Abraben and the rest of our team would be glad to take care of any oral health care needs you may have.