Common Dental Emergencies and How to Handle Them

Common Dental Emergencies and How to Handle ThemYour teeth are important and you need to make sure you take care of them. You should know not only how to keep them clean but also about common dental emergencies and how to handle them. Our team at McGlone Dental Care in Denver want you to know what to do if you have a broken tooth, a bitten lip or tongue, a toothache, a knocked out tooth or a broken jaw.

Dental emergencies that can happen anytime, day or night. They can be very painful and sometimes scary. Knowing what to do can help a lot. 

If your teeth bite your tongue or lip, you should apply pressure and a cold compress to stop the bleeding and keep the swelling down. If it doesn’t stop bleeding, go to your doctor or hospital. You may need stitches.

If you suffer a chipped or broken tooth, which can happen to anyone, rinse your mouth out with warm water to clean the tooth. Then apply a cold compress so it doesn’t swell. If possible, contact your dentist right away. If you have the piece of tooth that came off, keep it and give it to your dentist. Sometimes it can be reattached to the tooth. Either way, we can restore the loss.

When a tooth aches, it can be many things, including a tooth abscess, broken tooth, damaged filling, or infected gums. You should always rinse your mouth with water and floss your teeth just to make sure there’s nothing stuck between them. If you have a toothache, don’t hesitate to call McGlone Dental. We can take a look at and see if it needs an antibiotic, filling or root canal. We know how painful a tooth can be, so the sooner you come in the better. Sometimes it’s as simple as making a mouth guard to prevent grinding your teeth at night.

If your jaw gets broken, go to the hospital right away. This is a very serious medical issue that requires a doctor. You will have pain, swelling, and bleeding in your mouth. Don’t wait to get medical attention. With a broken jaw often comes damaged teeth. We can help you with your teeth, but first, have your jaw taken care of by medical professionals. You should apply an ice pack or bag of frozen peas or beans to your jaw. To help stabilize the broken jaw you can tie a towel or cloth under your jaw and around your head.

If you ever get a tooth knocked out, and can find it, hold it by the crown and rinse the root. Try not to touch or remove any of the tooth’s attached root tissue. After it’s clean, put the tooth back into its socket if at all possible. If not, keep the tooth moist by putting it in a container with milk and saliva. Call us as soon as you can and bring the tooth with you to your appointment.

Have you ever gotten something wedged between your teeth and even floss won’t dislodge it? Just call us and we can take care of it quickly. Please don’t find something sharp to pick your teeth with as this can often create a bigger problem like a chipped tooth.

Our team at McGlone Dental Care in Denver wants you to know about common dental emergencies and how to handle them, for your comfort and safety, and to aid us in being able to fix any issues you might be experiencing with your teeth. 

4 Surprising Health Conditions Relating to Gum Disease

4 Surprising Health Conditions Relating to Gum DiseaseStrong, healthy gums are not only important for your teeth but also for your health. Our team at McGlone Dental Care in Denver want to share with you 4 surprising health conditions relating to gum disease.

Recent research shows that gum disease can lead to other health problems. This is just another reason why dental health is so critical. Here are four health problems relating to gum disease:

Stroke

Did you know that people who have severe gum disease are more likely to have a stroke? It’s true. This is due to the harmful inflammatory response, as well as the presence of oral plaque in the blood created by gum disease. Dental check-ups are critical because gum disease is often painless and can go undetected for years until you have bleeding gums and loose teeth.

Coronary Artery Disease

Gum disease causes oral plaque, the same plaque that causes heart attacks, to travel through the bloodstream and increases your risk for coronary artery disease. The stents used to help coronary circulation have a higher risk of failure when you have gum disease. If you have coronary artery disease you should always take antibiotics before dental cleanings and your dentist should be aware of your condition so they can monitor it closely.

Stomach Ulcer

A harmful bacteria called helicobacter pylori causes stomach ulcers. Where it starts and how it spreads has not been pinpointed, but what we do know is that people who have gum disease, with deep, 5 mm or greater pockets between their gums and their teeth, are twice as likely to carry this dangerous bacteria than those with healthy gums. Gum disease not only doubles the chance of getting stomach ulcers, it also increases your risk of developing stomach cancer.

Arthritis

When you have an infection in your mouth, your immune system responds with inflammation. If you have arthritis, the inflammation occurring in your mouth can greatly increase the severity of inflammation around your arthritic joints. There is some research that suggests there may be a connection between gum disease and actually developing rheumatoid arthritis, but this has not been confirmed. 

These 4 surprising health conditions relating to gum disease show just how important it is to manage your oral care with the help of McGlone Dental Care in Denver. It’s not just about having shiny white teeth and minty fresh breath. Ignoring your gums can have serious, even critical effects on your overall health. So, trust your gums to our Doctor McGlone who will help you prevent or eliminate this harmful disease. Contact us today for more information.