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May 13, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Emergencies  

Emergencies stress everybody out, most especially if they have anything to do with our mouths. After all, we use our mouths constantly for speaking, eating, and smiling. In most cases, however, it could be tough to determine whether your dental “emergency” is a true dental emergency that requires immediate attention from your emergency dentist here at Gerald R. Ryan DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Schwartz Creek, MI, Dr. Gerald Ryan.

Common Dental Emergencies

  • A toothache that comes with a fever or swollen lymph nodes.
  • A tooth abscess with weeping discharge.
  • Tooth pain that throbs and radiates to the jaw, ear, and neck.
  • Pain and discomfort from a broken or cracked tooth.
  • A loose or knocked-out tooth caused by an injury.

If one of these happens to you, contact or visit your emergency dentist in Schwartz, MI, as soon as possible to avoid further complications.

Problems like the following should still be cared for even if they don’t classify as dental emergencies:

  • Retainer or braces that are damaged.
  • Food debris that’s jammed between your teeth.
  • Minor tooth pain.
  • Teeth that are cracked or chipped, except when the root or nerve hurts or is exposed.
  • Missing crowns or fillings, unless they hurt.

How Do You Handle a Dental Emergency?

In the case of a dental emergency, you may or may not be able to get to the dentist right away. Therefore, you must know how to manage the situation yourself for the time being. The following are tips and steps to help you care for your teeth:

Wedged Objects

  • Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to remove the object carefully.
  • Floss the area next to the object lightly.
  • Once the object is removed, apply pressure using a soft cloth.

A Cracked, Chipped, or Broken tooth

  • Gargle with warm water to rinse and clean your mouth.
  • After rinsing, apply a cold compress to your face to help reduce the pain.

Toothache and Mild Pain

  • Gargle using warm water to clean and rinse your mouth.
  • Take two pills of either Advil, Nurofen, or Ibuprofen and wait three hours.
  • Next, take two pills of Paracetamol or Panadol, wait three hours, and then repeat the second step.
  • You can do the said steps again before you see your dentist.

A Knocked-out Tooth

  • Carefully put the tooth back into its socket. Avoid touching or moving its root.
  • Another solution is to wrap the tooth in clean gauze and place it in milk so that it is kept moist until you can see your dentist. If it dries out, it would be difficult for your dentist to put it back.

Bleeding Mouth

  • Cleanse the affected area by rinsing it with warm water.
  • To help lessen the bleeding, apply a cold compress to the area.

Have a Dental Emergency? Don’t Hesitate to Reach Out to Us

Dial (810) 635-8446 to set up a consultation with Dr. Gerald Ryan, our emergency dentist here at Gerald R. Ryan DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Schwartz Creek, MI, right away.

By Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Gerald R. Ryan D
April 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Care Routine  

How your dentist in Swartz Creek, MI, can help you have a healthy smile

A good oral care routine is the most important way for you to enjoy a healthy smile for life. When your smile is healthy, it helps keep your body healthy too. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, an unhealthy smile can increase your risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and other serious medical conditions. Fortunately, here at Gerald R. Ryan Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Swartz Creek, MI, Dr. Gerald R. Ryan offers comprehensive dental care to help you have a healthy smile.

To prevent gum disease, periodontal disease, and tooth decay, you need to develop a good oral care routine. This routine needs to include:

Brushing your teeth after meals and before bed; use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste containing fluoride. Brush in a gentle, circular motion, cleaning all of the surfaces of your teeth and along the gumline. You can also gently brush your tongue, an often overlooked place where bacteria can hide.

Flossing your teeth at least once each day; make sure you wrap the floss around each tooth as you go in between your teeth. When you wrap the floss around the tooth, it helps ensure the floss stays next to the tooth surface, so it cleans better. If you have arthritis or dexterity issues, you can use floss picks, as well.

Visiting your dentist at least once each year for a dental examination, including x-rays; regular visits to your dentist helps identify dental issues early, so they don’t turn into large dental problems. Your dentist will monitor the health of your gums, teeth, and supporting bone, and treat any dental problems.

Visiting your dental hygienist at least every six to twelve months for a professional dental cleaning; your dental hygienist can remove the hard and soft deposits on your teeth, lowering bacteria levels to help keep your smile healthy and beautiful. You can also learn about the latest tools and techniques to practice good oral care at home.

You deserve to enjoy a healthy smile for life, so it’s time to develop a good oral hygiene routine. To learn more about taking care of your smile, call Dr. Gerald R. Ryan of Gerald R. Ryan Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Swartz Creek, MI, at (810) 635-8446.