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Although oral accidents and emergencies can be commonplace, they can also be very serious. They may cause severe problems for your oral health–and overall health, as well. Preparation and education about accidents that may occur could be the difference in saving your beautiful smile, should a problem arise.

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 lead to infection.

If you are bleeding, wash out your mouth with warm water (not hot or cold, if you can avoid it) and apply a gauze pad to the wound. If the wound continues to bleed profusely after a few minutes, the wound could require stitches to close.

Other oral emergencies can occur playing contact sports, eating crunchy foods or ice, or during basic daily activities.

Although teeth can be damaged and cracked beyond repair, it is sometimes possible for dentists to reattach teeth that have been knocked out. Keeping the tooth or bits of a tooth moisturized is vital for future re-attachment success. Place the tooth in a tooth-saving product like Save-A-Tooth–or even milk–until a trip to visit your dentist can be made. 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 your dental team will help coach you through what to do.

If you have a dental emergency, or would like to have a professional exam from our team at Richard Healy DDS, simply book an appointment at our dentist office in Santa Maria, California, by calling us at 805-928-3928. Dr. Richard Healy and the rest of our team would be glad to take care of any oral health care needs you may have.