What to Do If You Break a Tooth

dental-emergency-300x200So you’re playing ball with your friends and take one in the mouth, breaking one of your teeth. What do you do? First of all, don’t panic. Once it’s happened, it can’t be undone, so panicking will only make the situation more difficult. Stay calm. You have several options for getting it fixed.

Make an appointment with your dentist immediately. You will be given priority in finding an appointment. Your tooth can become infected if the break isn’t dealt with quickly and this can lead to losing the tooth, which needs to be avoided at all costs.

If you are hurting, take regular Tylenol or ibuprofen. Rinse the area with salt water. This will help kill bacteria and prevent infection. The broken tooth may be sharp or jagged. If it is, use a piece of chewed sugarless gum or wax to cover it until you see the dentist. Obviously, don’t eat anything hard or crunchy.

Your dentist will determine the severity of the break. He will use a dental bond, filling, or a crown to replace the broken piece, reshaping the tooth so it looks natural.

If you have tooth decay, your teeth are weaker. So, regular good oral hygiene is a good way to maintain their strength. Getting enough calcium in your diet is also important for tooth strength.

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