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It’s smart to have a safety plan if there’s a natural disaster, right? Right. It’s also smart to have a plan if a disaster happens to your smile. If you have a plan, you will be more prepared and you’ll feel less scared and less stressed. To help you create the perfect dental disaster plan for your smile, our Buhler Dental Care team encourages you to include the following things in the written details:

-For a knocked-out tooth: If you knock a tooth out of your mouth, it’s best to find the tooth and keep it alive. 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. See your dentist as soon as possible.

-For a broken bridge or crown: If you have a broken dental bridge or dental crown, it’s best to avoid wiggling or playing with it. Moving it could harm the abutment within. If it has fallen out of your mouth, keep it in a safe place until your appointment. If possible, use over-the-counter dental cement to put it back into place. Don’t use superglue.

-For an injured tongue: If you’ve injured your tongue, try rinsing the blood and debris away by rinsing with lukewarm saltwater. You can place a wet cloth or gauze pad on the area to stop the bleeding. Make sure you apply pressure to the injury. If it won’t stop bleeding in about 30 minutes, it’s best to visit the urgent care.

Your dentist, Dr. Forrest S. Buhler & Cameron S. Buhler, and our dental team care about you and your smile, which is why we encourage you to have a dental disaster plan. If you would like more tips or if you have questions about what to do during a dental emergency in Spanish Fork, Utah, please call our office at (801) 794-9905. We are happy to help you!