Avoid dental emergencies – 13 tips for the 13th

13th November 2020 | Posted by: Vanessa Giraud

How’s your day going?

Avoid dental emergencies shows stepping on a banana skin

It doesn’t come around too often, Friday 13th. In fact, the good news is that there can only be a maximum of three in a year. Now, during a lockdown we may feel as though we’re in a safer environment. But accidents around the home and garden happen too, rather a lot of them.

Crashes and falls in the course of a regular day are the reason for many dental emergencies. Unfortunately, however much we try to avoid dental emergencies, accidents do happen.

So if you think Friday 13th is an unlucky day and you want to protect your teeth, here’s some useful advice to avoid dental emergencies.

  1. If you’re out being sporty, or just playing catch with a cricket ball in the garden, wear a gum shield.
  2. Beware of falling objects. Even your mobile can be a hazard.
  3. Drink lots of water, its the best drink for your teeth, but don’t chew ice.
  4. Step carefully in the bathroom…
  5. … and hold the shower head well away from your teeth while you sing.
  6. Leave the DIY for another day, especially if it involves a ladder.
  7. Drive carefully, even if it’s only a lawnmower.
  8. Check those shoe laces.
  9. Reduce Friday night alcohol intake.
  10. Relaxing on a bunk bed, or a garden hammock? It’s safer to lie on the floor instead.
  11. Dog-walking, tripping over the cat – pets can be a hazard.
  12. Open and close doors with caution.
  13. Enjoy the day as you would any other. Take care, and keep safe:)

The good news?

If you do have a dental problem, the good news is that dentists are open during this second lockdown.

It’s an emergency

When there’s bleeding that won’t stop or swelling that’s increasing, seek professional advice and treatment without hesitation. Other situations also require treatment promptly. For example, to save a knocked out tooth it’s best to get to the dentist with the tooth within an hour.

We can’t always avoid dental emergencies.

What to do:

More advice for what to do in an Dental Emergency:

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8th November, 2020

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