When we think about health emergencies, we often forget about our teeth. Hopefully you’ve never found yourself in a dental crisis, but if you have, then you know that they can be an extremely stressful time. Dental emergencies occur when you least expect, but there are a few things you can do to ensure you’re prepared for them.
- Keep Contact Information & Tools on Hand
- Be Aware of Your Dentist’s Emergency Policy
- Reserve Funds for an Emergency
It is critical that you have your dentist’s information readily available to reduce stress when an emergency strikes. Keep a magnet on the fridge, the office number in your phone, or wherever it is most convenient for you. Additionally, adding dental items to your household’s first aid kit will also save you time in an emergency situation. Helpful items include floss, gauze, and a container to transport a broken or missing tooth in.
It’s important to know your dentist’s procedure when it comes to emergencies. Most offices, including ours, reserve time in their daily schedules to accommodate last-minute appointments and emergency situations. Some dentists even have a phone line specifically for emergency calls. Whatever your dentist’s policy may be, make sure you’re well-versed in it.
While this is often easier said than done, putting back a little bit of money each month for health and dental emergencies can lessen the financial burden if an emergency occurs. If this is not feasible for you, our South Texas Smiles Membership Club includes one emergency exam per year. Additionally, we also accept CareCredit® patient financing so you can split up your dental expenses into manageable monthly payments for those times when you’re in a real crunch.
While these are a few great tips to keep you prepared, the best way to prepare for a dental emergency is to avoid it altogether. Keeping up with your biannual exams and cleanings will lessen your chances of a dental emergency. Contact our office to schedule your appointment today!Schedule My Appointment