Be Prepared

July 6, 2018   /   byHealthier Societies  / Categories :  Dental

Woman getting dental treatmentJust like with any emergency, a trip to the emergency dentist in Mackay is one we all hope we will never have to take. However, if the worst happens, it’s good to be prepared.

Anyone who plays sport in the Mackay area, especially contact or risky sports such as rugby, hockey, surfing or mountain biking, would be wise to have the number of an emergency dentist in Mackay saved in their phone. It’s all too easy in the aftermath of a face plant or ball to the mouth to be disorientated and confused. If the number is right there, it means no time is lost in trying to find the nearest emergency dentist, such as Northern Beaches Dental.

This is especially important if a tooth is knocked out. Once a tooth has become loose, it sets off a ticking clock to get to the emergency dentist in Mackay before it’s too late to reattach it. Within an hour is ideal, within two hours it’s still possible. Any longer and the possibility of saving the tooth decreases minute by minute.

It’s also important to handle the knocked-out tooth in a particular way:

  • Only ever pick up a broken tooth by the crown (the white visible part), don’t touch the root (the part that’s usually hidden below the gum line). The root is living tissue that will be compromised by the dirt on the hands and will wither and die;
  • For the same reason, don’t ever wash a tooth root with tap water: the chemicals will kill it;
  • Best way to treat the tooth is to wash it in saliva, and either place it back into its socket, or if this isn’t possible, into the cheek. If the face is too damaged for this, put it in a clean container and cover it with milk.

Even for the non-sporty among us, knowing who we can call on if we wake up with a severe toothache, crack a tooth or have a dental abscess saves time and stress if we ever need their services. Patients would be wise to have an emergency dentist in Mackay on standby, just in case.

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