Old Man Winter can spell trouble for your smile.
While the first few snowfalls are certainly festive and beautiful, after the holidays are over we often wish the weather would go with it. Once it gets cold enough, we then have to carefully trudge on treacherous ice to get just about anywhere. However, for those snow bunnies out there, ice skating, skiing and snowboarding become a way of life.
Despite this, the winter months can cause serious problems for our smiles. In fact, dental-related injuries may even be more prevalent during this colder time of year. Your Glenview dentist offers up some ways to enjoy the winter weather while also protecting your smile.
Opt for a mouth guard!
Sure, a mouth guard doesn’t seem like the coolest thing to wear, but you won’t be complaining when it saves your smile. If you are a winter sports athlete or even if you just love the occasional ice-skating outing, you need to protect your smile from injury. Luckily, a mouth guard is pretty inexpensive and will certainly cost a lot less money than it will take to repair a broken or knocked-out tooth. Talk to your Glenview dentist about having a customized mouth guard to protect your teeth from winter sports injuries.
If a dental emergency still happens, here’s what to do:
For a knocked-out tooth: It’s vital to keep the tooth moist. If you can’t carefully put it back in the socket than hold it between your cheeks or your gums, or place it in a container of milk. Then you need to head straight to our office for treatment.
For a cracked tooth: Rinse your mouth out with warm water and apply a cold compress if you experience swelling. Also, collect any pieces of the broken tooth that you can and bring them with you to our office.
For a bitten tongue: If you bite your tongue, lip or cheek, clean the area gently with water. Again, if you experience swelling then apply a cold compress to the area. If you are bleeding, apply wet gauze or washcloth to the area and apply pressure. If the bleeding doesn’t stop after 15 minutes or the cut is deep, you may need to head to your local emergency room for care.
If you’ve experienced a dental emergency in Glenview, it’s time to see your dentist right away for treatment. From preventive care to oral surgery, we offer our patients a variety of dental services. Call us today.