Stay safe, stay home and avoid accidents

7th April 2020 | Posted by: Vanessa Giraud

Another day at home with the family?

Staying at home will keep us safe.

Staying in will help protect other people, and we need to do that.

We can protect our key workers so they can work to look after our needs.

It’s a fact, though, that many accidents happen at home. Slips, trips and falls are the most common, and they can impact, quite literally, on our teeth. So here’s some advice to keep us safe so we stay home and avoid accidents.

children on bed fighting stay home dental accident

How to stay home and avoid accidents

It’s a good idea to think about the levels of risk in our home and try to minimise them. At this time of lockdown in particular, none of us wants to go to an emergency facility because of an accident.

As dentists we’re most concerned about accidents to the jaw and teeth. But accidents at home include severe cases such as burns, fractures and amputations. So a word of warning – many more people are taken to A&E because of an accident at home than are taken because of an accident on the road.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) states that while an average of five people a day die on the UK roads, which is fewer than 1,900 per year, around 6,000 people a year die from accidents at home.

Take time to risk assess your home, especially if you live with people who are vulnerable, young children or babies. By increasing awareness, with attention and care, accidents can be reduced.

What are the main causes of dental accidents?

The majority of accidents at home that damage our teeth result from tripping, slipping or falling. With more people than usual at home for more hours of the day, this means the probability of an accident is higher than usual.

Thankfully, accidents where the damage is restricted to the teeth and jaw are usually not life-threatening and can be fixed. It’s still a good idea to know what to do to help though.

Assess the situation and take action

1 – Severe bleeding that won’t stop or significant swelling that’s increasing:

This is an emergency.

Try to access professional help within an hour. At this time,  go online to NHS 111, to find out what to do or where your nearest emergency facility is. Only call 111 if you can’t access the website. Your local dentist or GP will also offer remote advice either through a call service or answer service.

Be prepared to describe the situation, the condition of the patient and  relevant personal details.

2 – A knocked out tooth or teeth:

If it is a second (permanent) tooth, seek professional advice within a hour. Again, contact NHS 111 online for advice. The sooner the tooth is replanted, the better the chance of it embedding firmly in the socket again.

Permanent teeth – if you still have the tooth, important interim care helps keep it ready to replant:

Primary (deciduous) teeth – don’t try to replant a child’s primary tooth yourself, as you could damage the tooth growing beneath. Dentists do not usually replant primary teeth, although there are exceptions, so advice from a dental professional is important.

3 – A fractured tooth:

A broken tooth hurts when the sensitive pulp is exposed. Seek professional advice to manage pain and to receive treatment to restore the tooth. Because of the pain, and risk of infection, seek dental advice within 24 hours.

Local dentists are currently offering remote advice, and emergency centres are established for necessary dental care. Get in touch to find out more.

A note about taking painkillers – During the coronavirus pandemic, current thinking advises against the non-prescribed use of anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen, as it may suppress the immune system. If possible, use the correct dosage of paracetamol instead. Whichever pain medication you take, do not exceed the recommended dose.

4 – A chipped tooth:

If it’s just a little bit off the end of a tooth, and it doesn’t hurt, then a chipped tooth falls into the category for routine treatment. We recommend you get in touch with your dentist for professional advice on how to proceed.

Do you have questions?

During work hours we have clinicians available to answer your questions online.

We can’t always avoid accidents

What to do:

People also ask:

POSTED IN: Emergency






Testimonials

SpaDental Whitchurch dentist "kind and gentle"

A new patient testimonial After the closure of my local dentist in Whitchurch I telephoned Spa Dental who made me an appointment. Unfortunately I had an abscess on my tooth before my appointment date, for which I was given an emergency appointment.   I am a very nervous patient and it took a long time to build confidence with my old dentist , therefore my nerves were bad and I was in pain arriving for my appointment.  This…

More Testimonials

Plymouth dentists "excellent care" and "professional service"

Kind words from our patients mean a lot to us. Thank you! We're very happy to read reviews that commend the  Plymouth team and the dentists "excellent care" and "professional service". Recent patient reviews commend our excellent care: "In safe and caring hands - Without exception the treatment I have received has been outstanding. From the reception staff through each of the individuals involved, their focus is on you and you're fully involved in any…

More Testimonials

Fantastic Saltash patient reviews - thank you!

We very much enjoyed reading the lovely Saltash patient reviews we've received in response to our recent request for feedback. On behalf of all the staff, thank you so much for your lovely comments. We sincerely appreciate your kind words, and will also use your recommendations in our planning. SpaDental considers your review comments carefully. We read them all, and use the information we gather to guide our practice so we can keep on improving…

More Testimonials

Thank you for SpaDental Chard patient reviews

A very appreciative thank you to our patients from the clinicians and staff at SpaDental Chard. It has been a pleasure reading your comments because if our patients are happy, then we're happy. Feedback about the team and treatment from SpaDental Chard reviews "Everyone in the practice is efficient, professional and knowledgeable." - HCG  "5 Star Dental Care - Being in the centre of Chard, [the SpaDental] surgery is easily accessible for most patients. The…

More Testimonials

Plymouth patient reviews and suggestions - thank you!

SpaDental Plymouth sincerely thanks everyone who responds to our request to review the practice. We love reading all your positive comments. That said, we also take on board the suggestions you make. Because we take Plymouth patient reviews seriously, we read them carefully to see if anyone is less than satisfied with their experience and we use that information to guide our practice. Our review rating of 4.7 stars (out of 5) highlights Plymouth patient…

More Testimonials

Reviews Tewkesbury - thank you for your appreciation.

This last week we asked our patients who have visited the practice in the last few months to submit their comments online. We truly appreciate your kind comments. Thank you from all of us for your lovely reviews. Read about our new treatment for patients who have breathing difficulties while they're sleeping. Your opinion is important. Amongst other questions, we ask patients whether or not they would recommend the surgery to their family and friends.…

More Testimonials

Here to support service veterans - SpaDental Plymouth

"This was my first dental appointment since leaving the Armed Forces two years ago, and having left it far too long I eventually thought I ought to try to get myself an NHS dentist. Recognizing the unique challenges that veterans face when they leave the military, Spa Dental's veterans policy enabled me to get an initial appointment and receive treatment as an NHS patient - exactly what I'd hoped for. The professionalism and friendliness of…

More Testimonials

"Absolutely delighted" with veneers - SpaDental Whitchurch, Shropshire

A glowing testimonial for Dental Surgeon - veneers SpaDental Whitchurch Shropshire. Veneers SpaDental Whitchurch Shropshire "Excellent treatment! Absolutely delighted! Dr Jindal replaced two veneers for me, providing throughout brilliant treatment. He advised me of the options for the veneers and I opted for the better quality ones. The whole process was methodical and precise, keeping me informed step by step during the whole procedure. Great attention to detail was given to myself and the implants…

More Testimonials

High praise for Lucy Smith and Maria Shrigley, Plymouth.

Dental Surgeon and her assistant are helping anxious patients to manage dental visits more easily. High praise for the team! We know that it can be hard for people to come in to see the dentist. Here's one message: "I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your care at my recent dental visit. Lucy, I know because of your care and attention to my needs I feel so much better attending an…

More Testimonials

A great dental service to Plymouth patients.

We really appreciate all the reviews we're getting from patients who visit SpaDental Plymouth. Your feedback helps us feel confident we give good advice and offer a great dental service to Plymouth patients. Thank you! Here are some recent reviews: These two reviews highlight the importance of regular examination of the soft tissues in the mouth. "I feel... grateful to [my dentist] for referring me to Derriford hospital for a lump to be removed from…

More Testimonials

8th November, 2020

Yes, we are still open!

As lockdown continues, our dental services continue without interruption. We're here to help you receive the face-to-face care you need from your dental team.

Access our free remote advice and triage service:

Thank you

Patients often ask: