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If there was an emergency near you, there is a number that you’ve probably known to call almost automatically. Someone on the other end would probably be able to calmly help you know what you can do. But if there was a dental emergency, would you know what you should do? To help, we are providing you with directions to some common dental emergencies you could experience:

-For a broken tooth, you can rinse your mouth out with warm water and use ice to help reduce the swelling, if any. Then you should come and see Dr. Maria Hayes as soon as you can.
-If a tooth is knocked out, you can hold the tooth by the crown and gently rinse the root off it has become dirty. You should NEVER remove any tissue that may be attached. You can place the tooth in a glass of milk and bring it with you to see our dentist as quickly as possible.
-You may rinse your mouth with warm water or gently floss if you have a toothache. If it persists, you should come and see us.
-If a tongue or lip is bitten, a cloth can be used to gently clean the area and some ice can help to reduce swelling. If, after a short time, the bleeding hasn’t stopped, or it is heavy, you should seek medical attention immediately.

For more tips on handling dental emergencies, or to schedule an appointment, please call Alluring Smiles, LLC at 301-637-6155. Our dental office is located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and we would be happy to help you with your dental health needs.