Dental Emergencies Increase With the Temperatures Outside
As the weather heats up and people start to spend more time outdoors, the risk of dental emergencies increases. Yes, really. Dental emergencies go up during the summertime, especially when kids are out of school and more active outdoors.
Whether it’s a slip and fall, a sports-related injury, or simply biting down on something too hard, dental emergencies can happen to anyone at any time. Since we’re starting to see warmer temperatures outside, it can help to be prepared for common dental emergencies before they happen.
More Dental Emergencies As People are Getting Outdoors
As the weather gets warmer, people tend to spend more time outdoors, engaging in physical activities such as recreational sports, biking, or kids just jumping on the trampoline after school. While these activities are great for your health and get your blood pumping, they also come with a higher risk of orofacial injuries. A slip and fall on a wet surface next to the pool, for example, could result in a chipped or broken tooth, while a blow to the face during a game of pickup basketball in your driveway could knock out a tooth entirely.
In addition to physical activities, summertime also brings a change in eating habits. People tend to eat more ice cream, popsicles, and other cold treats, which can cause tooth sensitivity or even toothaches.
Common Dental Emergencies We See
At Rosas Family Dentistry in Clear Lake, TX, we see a range of dental emergencies year-round, but especially during the summer months. Some of the most common emergencies we see include:
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Knocked out teeth
- Gum abscesses
- Lost or broken fillings or crowns
- Cracked or fractured teeth
Wearing a Sports Mouthguard to Prevent Orofacial Injuries
One of the best ways to prevent dental emergencies during physical activities is to wear a sports mouthguard. A sports mouthguard is a protective device that is worn over the teeth and gums to help prevent orofacial injuries, including busted lips, bleeding, or biting into your tongue. Mouthguards come in a variety of styles and materials, ranging from over-the-counter options to custom-fitted options provided by our dentist.
Wearing a sports mouthguard can help protect your teeth and gums from a variety of injuries, including chipped, broken, or knocked-out teeth, as well as cuts and bruises to the lips and gums.
For the highest level of protection, it’s important to wear a sports mouthguard that’s uniquely fitted to your mouth. The custom fit will prevent the appliance from falling out, putting you at risk during a secondary hit (like during a fall.) And surprise: custom mouthguards also lower your risk of a severe concussion during your athletic activity!
When to See a Dentist (or go to the Hospital)
If you experience a dental emergency, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you receive treatment, the better your chances are of saving your tooth or preventing further damage. For best results, chipped or knocked-out teeth should be treated within the next 1-2 hours. We recommend storing your tooth fragment in a sealed container, being sure that the tooth is completely covered by milk or contact solution. If neither of those is available, you can use tap water and add a pinch of salt. Some people will even tuck the tooth inside their cheek to keep it lubricated with saliva, but that runs the risk of accidentally swallowing it!
If you experience any of the following dental emergencies, you should seek immediate treatment from our dentist:
- Knocked out tooth
- Severe toothache
- Swelling or abscess in the gums
- Chipped or cracked tooth
On the other hand, if you suspect a broken jaw or are experiencing either severe facial swelling or uncontrollable bleeding, it’s best to seek emergency care at the nearest hospital emergency room.
Call Our Emergency Dentist
At Rosas Family Dentistry in Clear Lake, TX, we understand that dental emergencies can happen at any time, which is why we offer emergency dental services and, in most cases, same-day appointments. If you experience a dental emergency during business hours, call us immediately, and we will do our best to accommodate you.
If you experience a dental emergency after hours, call our office number and leave a detailed message with a call back number. One of our team members will return your call as soon as possible and provide you with guidance on what to do next.
We’re Always Here to Help
If you or your child are in pain or experiencing a dental emergency, contact Rosas Family Dentistry in Clear Lake today.