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Anytime you experience a dental emergency, you should visit Lake City Family Dental Center, PA as soon as possible to repair any damage. However, there will be times when going to the dentist isn’t an immediate option. When this happens, take these steps to keep damage minimal and lessen the risk of infection:

1. Knocked out tooth

If you lose a permanent tooth, keep it moist at all times. You can set it back in the socket of the gum (avoid touching the root and spreading germs), nestle it between your cheek and gum, soak it in milk, or keep it in an ADA-approved tooth preservation product until you arrive at Lake City Family Dental Center, PA.

2. Cracked tooth

Rinse the area with warm water to clean it and then place a cold compress on your face to reduce swelling. Lake City Family Dental Center, PA will assess the depth of the crack and prescribe the appropriate filling and medication.

3. Object stuck in your teeth

Whenever you have something wedged between your teeth, avoid using a pointed object to remove it, as doing so can damage the neighboring teeth. Use dental floss to gently coax the object out of your teeth. If floss is ineffective, call Dr. Reeve Abraben at 386.752.1342 and schedule a dental visit as soon as you can.

To lessen the risk of dental emergencies, keep your teeth as strong and healthy as possible. Brush and floss thoroughly every day. Wear a mouth guard while playing sports, avoid hard food like popcorn kernels and never use your teeth to tear open packages.

If you do experience a dental emergency, don’t treat it yourself longer than necessary. Call Dr. Reeve Abraben at 386.752.1342 or come to Lake City Family Dental Center, PA in Lake City, Florida. We handle dental emergencies so you don’t have to.