Do you remember your first visit to our office as a new patient? It may have been just the other day! Or maybe, it was a while back? Either way, you probably remember the first person you met when you walked in, Rita. When she answered the phone or when you walked in, you can be rest assured you were greeted with a warm smile and kindness. We are happy and sad to announce Rita will be retiring this month after working for 22 years with us! We thank Rita for all the hard work she has done for us and we wish her the best as she travels the world.
Emergency dental visits go up 64% the day after St. Patrick's Day!
Here are some tips to help you deal with a dental emergency:
- If you have a toothache: Call us! Don't assume the pain will go away. There are many reasons why you can experience a toothache. You can even experience pain if you have something wedged in between your teeth or gums! Try flossing and rinsing your mouth with warm water. Flossing helps dislodge anything that might be in the wrong place. Also, remember to never place any aspirin directly on the gums as this will burn the tissues around it.
- If you have a broken or cracked tooth: Clean the area with warm water and apply a cold compress to the face to minimize swelling. Call us right away. We have an emergency line that you will be directed to.
- If you have a knocked-out tooth: Are you able to find the tooth? Check the socket area. Sometimes if the tooth looks knocked out, it might be pushed into the gums. If you were able to find the tooth keep it moist and don't touch the root. The best way to do this is to place it back into the socket. Otherwise, you can keep in between you cheek and gums or place it in a cup with some of your saliva. Don't wait and make sure to call us right away!
To prevent dental emergencies in the future...
- Remember to have your dental exam and cleanings done twice a year.
- If you're playing sports, wear your mouth guard. If you would like a custom fitting mouth guard, we can take impressions in the office.
- Avoid chewing on hard candy, ice or popcorn kernels. These three are the most commons causes of broken teeth.
- If you are out of town, take with you an updated list of all the medications, vitamins and herbals that you are currently taking. Call us or if you are overseas, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't hesitate to call us, when it comes to a dental emergency, we are here to help! If you find yourself dealing with a bad toothache or a broken tooth, call the office right away: (617) 484-1760.
Spring Break Cleanings
Spring break is a great time to squeeze in a dental check up for that clean, confident smile. College years can wreak havoc on your teeth and change oral care routines as students. It is important to keep your teeth healthy. While Spring Break is a great time for fun and parties, serious stress from college can be rough on the teeth. Nightly clenching and grinding, often times unconscious can cause long-term damage to teeth. Furthermore, cavities are more common in college-aged individuals as lingering food particles from frequent snacking can contribute to tooth decay. So squeeze an hour in and schedule your dental exam and cleaning today…