Dental Tips Blog

Apr
17

Oral Hygiene Tips for Traveling

Just because you’re heading out of town for a few days is no excuse to leave your oral hygiene routine behind. From forgetting toothpaste to a real dental emergency, here’s how to keep your smile healthy even when you’re away from home.

Get the right-sized toothbrush travel case. Make sure it has some ventilation. If your brush is packed tightly into a case that it can’t move or “breathe” in, then it will never dry out. This makes for the perfect environment for bacteria to flourish.

Air out your toothbrush. Speaking of drying out, set aside time for your toothbrush to enjoy some fresh air. You could leave it on a sunny windowsill (window closed, of course) or on the dash of your car. Too much time spent in a dark travel bag will make your brush quite icky.

Stock up on travel-sized products. You can get any dental product in a travel-friendly quantity. There’s no excuse for not having some toothpaste on hand when it fits so neatly in your purse or glove compartment in your car.

Brush without toothpaste. It does happen – from time to time we forget the toothpaste. Even then, brushing without toothpaste is still effective and necessary to reduce plaque levels.

Have a backup plan. Keep a couple toothbrushes handy in your luggage in case you lose or misplace one at a hotel. Let your dentist know you’ll be out of town if it’s going to be a lengthy trip. Research other dentists in your destination area to find out who you can visit in the event of a dental emergency.

With these tips, you’ll experience a safe trip full of healthy smiles!

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767

Sep
8

My Child Got a Tooth Knocked Out! What Now?

With summer vacation time to take advantage of, and energy to spend, sports and roughhousing become the order of the day! With the increased activity comes increased risk of injury to kids – such as a knocked-out tooth.

By staying calm, you can help your child to successfully deal with these incidents.

Find the Tooth!

The first step is to help your child remain calm. Address the bleeding with a moist towel against the injured site. Try to recover the knocked-out tooth. It’s possible it could have gotten forced into the bone in your child’s mouth. If you are sure it fell out, look carefully for it.

Caring for A Stray Tooth

A tooth could actually stand a chance of being reattached to the socket as long as it’s kept clean. Keep the following points in mind when handling a tooth that’s been knocked out:

  • If it is a permanent tooth, it can be reinserted immediately (by yourself!)
  • Clean the tooth by pouring milk or saltwater over it
  • Don’t scrub the tooth to clean it as that can damage the microscopic attachment fibers
  • Store the tooth in milk or water if it can’t be inserted at home
  • See the dentist as soon as possible

What Your Dentist Can Do

Your dentist will determine whether or not the tooth can be inserted to heal on its own. If that’s not an option, your dentist will discuss restorative options with you and your child.

In the event of a dental emergency such as a tooth being knocked out, don’t panic. Consult your dentist immediately, and be sure to talk about getting an athletic guard to prevent the same emergency from happening again in the future.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

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