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Houston dentist Dr. John Krell

At-Home Emergency Care – Houston, TX

How to Provide First Aid for Your Smile

Dental first aid

You work hard to keep your smile healthy and looking great. You brush and floss your teeth daily while also visiting your dentist regularly to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Unfortunately, there are some issues you cannot prevent, like a dental emergency. Although you may never expect it to happen to you, one in six Americans is in this situation every year. When the unexpected strikes you cannot wait to get treatment. You need an emergency dentist in River Oaks. Dr. John H. Krell is here for you. He provides same-day appointments to save your smile while also helping you address the situation at home.

Preventing Dental Emergencies

Woman at dental exam

You cannot fully prevent a dental emergency, but there are several things you can do to help decrease the likeliness for one, such as:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to prevent tooth decay.
  • Floss your teeth daily to reduce your risk of gum disease.
  • Visit your dentist in River Oaks for a cleaning and checkup to detect any areas of concern while they are still small.
  • Wear an athletic mouthguard when playing sports.
  • Do not use your teeth as tools to open packages.
  • Do not bite overly hard foods, like ice.
  • Do chew on inedible objects, like pens or your fingernails.

Caring for Dental Emergencies at Home

Woman with toothache

Time is of the utmost importance when facing a dental emergency. While you wait for your appointment, there are several things you can do at home to help save your tooth.

Knocked Out Tooth

Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse it with water. Do not use any soaps, scrub the tooth, or dry it. Gently try to reinsert it back into the socket. If you cannot, place it in a cup of milk.

Dislodged Tooth

Gently try to push it back into position and bite on a piece of gauze to prevent it from moving.


Take an over-the-counter pain reliever and rinse your mouth with salt water to manage your pain. Avoid chewing on the tooth until after it is treated.

Broken/Fractured Tooth

Keep the tooth clean and avoid chewing on it. Apply ice to the outside of your mouth to manage swelling and take an anti-inflammatory for any pain.

Lost Crown or Filling

Do not use an over-the-counter kit to try to fix it on your own. Put the restoration in a safe place and keep your tooth clean. Do not chew or apply pressure to your tooth until after the restoration is fixed.

Broken Oral Appliance

Do not use a broken oral appliance because it can cause injury to your teeth or soft tissues. Instead, put it in a safe area and contact your dentist.

Object Stuck in Teeth

Use dental floss to try to dislodge it. Never use sharp or metal instruments to get it out.

Call Us Right Away

If you have a dental emergency, do not wait until it is too late. Contact our office right away for an appointment.