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If you want to safeguard your mouth and teeth, you should be prepared for dental emergencies. Here are some tips to consider regarding common problems:

– Bites on your lips, tongue and inner gums are quite common. For the most part, they will not draw blood, however, those that do need to be addressed. Use gauze to cover the wound until bleeding has ceased. Call your dentist or seek medical treatment if you require stitches.

– If a tooth is knocked out of your mouth, pick up the pieces immediately and place them in a cold solution. By soaking the tooth in a tooth-saving solution such as Save-A-Tooth or milk, it may be possible to have the tooth reinserted later by your dentist. You can also hold your tooth between your cheek and gums until you can see your dentist.

– Items that have become trapped between teeth are to be treated with caution, and without the use of sharp tools or instruments. If you can, avoid using any tools that can potentially damage your teeth and gums, and instead opt for interdental cleaners such as water flossers or dental floss to help dislodge the object.

To schedule an exam for an oral emergency at Lonnie A. Anderson, DDS, simply book an appointment at our office in Juneau, Alaska, with Dr. Lonnie Anderson and the rest of our team. We can be reached at 907-789-2066. We look forward to hearing from you soon!