We are finally in the carefree, fun Spring Break period of the year! You’re probably already packing for your family trip. As you go through your checklist, make sure you have taken care of your necessary health appointments, including visiting your dentist. Dental appointments? That’s the last thing on your mind, but packing sunscreen and sunglasses won’t matter too much if you come across a dental emergency while on vacation. Preparing for your trip includes visiting your emergency dentist in Orange Park to stay equipped with useful information, packing your insurance cards, double-checking your dental health, and having the right contact information just in case you did need to call Kind Care Dentistry.
Immediate Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies are basically anything that requires immediate attention. Some examples include severe toothaches, loose teeth, lost teeth, a soft tissue wound or injury, or abnormal bleeding. It’s also important to know that any kind of irregular pain around your face, neck, and mouth areas could also potentially be a dental emergency and to stay aware of your body. In any of these scenarios we recommend that you come to our Orange Park office to visit us:
- Sudden swelling of your gums, cheeks, or any other areas of your mouth
- Bleeding of the mouth
- Large bulges along your gum line
- Loose teeth
- Knocked out teeth
- Suddenly misaligned teeth
- Lost dental restorations or prosthetics
If you would like instructions on what to do directly after an emergency occurs, click here. These steps can save your teeth while you are in pursuit of proper care!
Managing Dental Emergencies on Vacation
In most cases, your dental emergency will get worse if you ignore the proper care needed to fix it. Infections can spread, lasting damage can occur, and the costs associated could increase if you wait to see your dentist in Orange Park. Kind Care Dentistry never suggests waiting to seek the proper dental care, even if you aren’t able to visit our office. Our top priority is making sure that our patients are taken care of. In an ideal situation, you should visit our office to make sure that you receive the best dental care available.
If you encounter an emergency that requires immediate health care—not specifically dental care—always go to the nearest emergency room! For instance, if you happen to get a deep laceration to your mouth that knocks out several of your natural teeth, please visit your nearest emergency doctor to address the deep cut first. Once your priority health concerns have been addressed, reach out to either our office to meet with Dr. Patel and discuss your best restorative options.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
Kind Care Dentistry will provide you important information before you leave town like which activities you should avoid. Chewing ice, chomping down on extremely hard foods, or indulging in sticky foods can damage your teeth or any dental restorations you may have. We all know that some activities on vacation can be dangerous like biking, hiking, maybe in parasailing—all of which may end up causing a dental accident, but you don’t have to live in fear. Before you go on a vacation, contact your dentist for a general appointment. We can help you to prepare for any medical emergencies, deep clean your teeth, and address any dental health concerns you may have beforehand. It is still possible to live carefreely and still take care of your teeth and gums responsibly. If you care for your teeth and gums now, they will take care of you for years to come!