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Many people have a plan when a disaster strikes, like a tornado, hurricane, fire, and Earthquake. However, many forget to make a plan in case a disaster occurs to their smiles. If you are one of these people, our Pro Spoto Dental dental team recommends that you make a plan for your smile in case of a dental emergency so you are prepared. We recommend having the following things in your plan:

-For a knocked-out tooth: If you knock a tooth out of your mouth, it’s best to find the tooth and keep it alive. To keep it alive, put it between your gums and cheek, in a glass of milk, or in a glass of water with a pinch of table salt. See your dentist as soon as possible.

-For a broken bridge or crown: If you have a broken dental bridge or dental crown, it’s best to avoid wiggling or playing with it. Moving it could harm the abutment within. If it has fallen out of your mouth, keep it in a safe place until your appointment. If possible, use over-the-counter dental cement to put it back into place. Don’t use superglue.

-For broken braces: If a band, bracket, or wire has been broken, try not to mess with it. If a part of the hardware is poking or bothering you, it’s best to cover that section with the orthodontic wax your orthodontist gave you. Make sure to schedule an appointment as soon as you can so you can get back on track with your treatment.

-For an injured tongue: If you’ve injured your tongue, try rinsing the blood and debris away by rinsing with lukewarm saltwater. You can place a wet cloth or gauze pad on the area to stop the bleeding. Make sure you apply pressure to the injury. If it won’t stop bleeding in about 30 minutes, it’s best to visit the urgent care.

If you keep these tips in mind during a dental emergency, then you’ll be on the right track toward taking good care of your smile. To learn more about how to handle a dental disaster or dental emergency in Tampa, Florida, then please call our office today at (813) 884-3287. Your dentist, Dr. Gerald Spoto, and our dental team are thrilled to help you!