Prevention and Emergency Info
For areas between the teeth that a toothbrush cannot reach, dental floss is used to remove food particles and plaque. Dental floss is a thin nylon thread that is used to reach below the gum line and clean between the teeth.
Wrap the ends of the floss tightly around your middle fingers and guide the floss between all the teeth and down to the gum line, pulling out any debris. As you go, unwrap the clean floss from around your fingers so that you will have used the floss from beginning to the end by the time you are finished. Floss behind the very last molars as well.
Floss at night to make sure your teeth are squeaky clean before you go to bed. When you first start to floss, your gums may bleed a little. If the bleeding does not go away after the first few times, then please let a staff member know at your visit.
By fighting plaque, you can keep your teeth for a lifetime. Due to new scientific developments and an emphasis on preventive dentistry, older adults are keeping their natural teeth longer.
Good oral hygiene requires a good understanding of plaque. Plaque is a sticky, colorless layer of bacteria. When you eat carbohydrates you feed these bacteria, which causes them to attack tooth enamel. This causes cavities and develops calculus (tartar). Uninterrupted, this acid attack can cause tooth decay and gum disease. If left untreated, it can lead to the loss of teeth and bone.
- Brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste.
- Flossing daily to remove debris from between your teeth.
- Eating a balanced diet, limiting between-meal snacks and avoiding sipping on sodas, coffee and juices all day long.
- Maintaining regular dental checkups.
- Wearing mouth protection when playing sports.
If you face a dental emergency, please give us a call immediately. If you need after-hours care, please be sure to contact your nearest hospital if the dental emergency requires immediate attention.
If your child knocks out a permanent tooth, gently rinse the tooth under running water but avoid rubbing the root area. Hold it by the crown rather than the root and try to reinsert it into the socket. Your child can keep the tooth in place until treatment by biting down on a wet piece of gauze or towel. If that is not possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk, saline solution or saliva, and take your child and the glass immediately to either our office or an emergency treatment facility. Call our office immediately.
Object Caught in Teeth
If your child has something caught between his or her teeth, use dental floss to remove it. If you are unable to remove it, please call our office. Never use a sharp plastic or metal tool to remove it.
Bitten Lip or Tongue
If your child has bitten his or her lip or tongue severely enough to cause bleeding, clean the area gently with water and use a cold compress on the area to reduce or avoid swelling. Give our office a call to determine the seriousness of the bite.
Broken or Chipped Teeth
If your child has fractured a tooth, have your child rinse out his or her mouth with warm water and use a cold compress on the area to reduce swelling. Try to locate the fragment and call our office immediately.
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Temple, TX 76502