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Oftentimes people make plans in case of a disaster, like a tornado, Earthquake, hurricane, or fire, but they forget to make a plan for their smiles in case of a dental emergency. If you are one of those people, our Philippe Athuil, DDS team encourages you to create a plan so you are prepared if anything happens to your smile. To help you create that plan, we recommend using the following tips:

-For a knocked-out tooth: If you’ve knocked a tooth out of your mouth, then try to find the tooth and keep it in a safe place. If it’s in multiple pieces, try to save as much of it as you can. In order for your dentist to save your tooth, it needs to remain alive. So, to keep it alive, put it between your gums and cheek, in a glass of milk, or in a glass of water with a pinch of table salt. If possible, you can also purchase a tooth-preservation product at the store.

-For a broken bridge or crown: If you’ve broken a dental bridge or dental crown, then it’s important to avoid wiggling or playing with it. Moving it in any way could harm the abutment that is anchoring it. If it has fallen out of your mouth, make sure to keep it in a safe place so your dentist can put it back into your mouth. You can also try using over-the-counter dental cement to cement it back into place. Do not use superglue.

-For an injured tongue: If you’ve injured your tongue, rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater. This will help you assess the injury. Try to stop the bleeding by placing a wet washcloth or gauze pad on the injured area. Apply pressure if possible. If the bleeding doesn’t stop in about 30 minutes, please visit the nearest urgent care facility.

For more information and details about what to do during a dental disaster or a dental emergency in Beverly Hills, California, please call our office today at 310-286-2241 and talk to a member of our dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Philippe Athuil, if you have any concerns for your smile. We’re happy to help you!