We are excited to announce that we will begin seeing patients for non-emergency services beginning May 12th. Our team will be taking the appropriate measures and precautions to ensure that our patients and staff can interact safely. We appreciate your cooperation, and we look forward to seeing you soon! Learn more here.

How to Handle a Dental Emergency at Home During a Pandemic

HomeDental EmergencyHow to Handle a Dental Emergency at Home During a Pandemic

man holding his jaw in pain with an at home dental emergency

Our office is once again open for non-emergency appointments, but we understand that many patients are still apprehensive about leaving their homes and potentially being exposed to COVID-19. Fortunately, there are some home remedies you can try for certain dental issues that can alleviate pain, swelling, and other symptoms. If you are ever unsure if you need emergency assistance or not, or if your situation is steadily getting worse, please call our office so we can advise.

Dental Bleeding

If your gums or the inside of your mouth is bleeding profusely, rinse your mouth out with warm water and find a piece of gauze or clean cloth. Gently hold the material over the source of the bleeding for about 10-15 minutes. Resist the urge to check if the bleeding has stopped, as this can require you to start the process over again. We recommend taking a pain medication like Tylenol to reduce any pain, as it does not reduce the blood’s ability to clot.

Gum Swelling

Swollen gums are not always a cause for alarm, so we recommend trying a few home remedies before making a dental appointment. You can see if alternating between warm and cold compresses on your cheek every five minutes helps reduce swelling. You can also try creating a warm saltwater solution and swishing it around your mouth for 15 to 30 seconds. If your gums are tender or sore at all, pain relievers like Ibuprofen can reduce both the pain and the swelling.

Lost Dental Restoration

Losing a bridge or a crown is considered a dental emergency because if a tooth that is usually covered by a dental restoration is left unprotected, it is being exposed to harmful bacteria that can cause tooth decay and infection. You can use a piece of sugarless gum to cover the top of the tooth as a temporary solution until you can come into our office for an emergency appointment.

Foreign Object Stuck Between Teeth

If you find yourself in a situation where there is something wedged in between two teeth that is not budging, see if you can use a piece of floss to carefully remove the object. Do not yank on the object or try to pick it out with something sharp, as that could damage your teeth or gums and cause more problems. If it’s too painful to touch or you are scared that you will hurt yourself, please get in touch with our team so we can assist.

Edgewater Dental Arts Cares About Your Health

Our team at Edgewater Dental Arts in Edgewater, MD not only cares about your oral health, we care about your overall health. We look forward to serving all of your dental health needs.

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.