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If you have experienced a dental emergency while you’re on vacation, then it’s important to properly handle the situation. The better you care for your smile, the better chance you have of restoring your oral health. Our dentist, Dr. Gemma Dalton, would like to help you know how to handle a dental emergency so you can have the best results possible. To handle a dental emergency, it’s best to do the following things:

-For a toothache: Gently clean the tooth and surrounding area. You can do so by brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush, flossing with waxed floss and rinsing with saltwater. To relieve the pain, take over-the-counter pain medication. If the toothache does not go away within a few days, it’s best to schedule an appointment for when you get back.

-For a broken tooth: Try to retrieve all of the pieces of the tooth. Your dentist might be able to reattach them. Then clean the smile and try to keep it clean as much as possible. Call our office as soon as you can. We will decide if you need an immediate appointment at a nearby dental office.

-For a knocked-out tooth: Retrieve the tooth by holding it by the crown. Rinse the tooth gently with water—don’t scrub it. Keep the tooth alive by keeping it between your cheek and gums or by keeping it in a cup of milk or saltwater. Call your dentist right away and our team can help you find a nearby dentist who can help.

Call Gemma Tanglao Dalton, DDS today at 817-571-1667 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to handle a dental emergency. Our dental team in Bedford, Texas, will be more than happy to give you the information you need. We look forward to helping you!