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5 Ways to Prepare for a Holiday Dental Emergency

girl holding her mouth in pain with a dental emergency

Whether you’re going to be traveling over the holidays, or if you’re just making your way through a hectic schedule at home, you need to be prepared in case you’re hit with a dental emergency. Read on for a few tips that will ensure that you’re ready, and even help you avoid, a dental emergency.

1. See the Dentist Before the Holiday Season

If you’re due for a cleaning and exam, schedule your visit before the holiday chaos picks up. That way, you’ll feel comfortable knowing that your teeth are healthy going into the holiday months, and if you have any pain or discomfort, it’ll be addressed before you hit the road, host guests, or whatever you may be doing with your vacation time.

2. Know Who to Call

If you’re going to be away from home, do some quick research to find out who the emergency dentist in the area is. And remember, whether or not you’ll be home over the holidays, it’s always important to have your dentist’s number saved in your contacts in case of emergency.

3. Bring a Dental First Aid Kit

Assemble a dental first aid kit and bring it along with you during the holidays. Items to include are gauze, dental floss, over-the-counter pain reliever, oral anesthetic gel, and dental wax.

4. Don’t Put Your Teeth at Risk

Be proactive and you’re going to be much less likely to break or damage a tooth. Don’t reach for hard or sticky foods like candy canes and taffy that are set out. With all the gifts being given around the holidays, there are a lot of pesky packages to be opened—never use your teeth to do this! Always find scissors or a different sharp instrument to do the job.

5. Know When to Go

It’s important to know when your dental issue is serious enough to head to the emergency dentist. A knocked-out tooth requires swift action, as does significant pain or swelling, which may indicate an infection. If you break a tooth or filling, you might have some time to get to the dentist depending on the severity of the break or pain. At the very least, you should call the dentist to explain your situation, and we can advise.

South Texas Smiles Is Your Emergency Dentist in San Antonio, TX

We hope that you never suffer a dental emergency, but if you do, the faster you react, the better outcome you’ll likely receive. Have our number ready—(210) 614-3898— and we’ll be here to help you!

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