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Did you know that 17% of adults in the U.S. report having broken or missing teeth? Injured teeth may or may not hurt, but the quicker you can talk to or visit your dentist, the better chance you'll have of minimizing any additional damage. Teeth can break for a variety of reasons including: injury, tooth decay, and chewing too hard. If you do crack your tooth, it's important to rinse the area with warm water and apply a cold compress to reduce any swelling.
Dental emergencies happen. Contacting your dentist right away is most important; however, it's also vital to take the steps below to prevent a dental emergency from happening in the first place:
During a dental emergency, it's helpful to have a well-stocked emergency kit on stand-by. An emergency kit can help control bleeding, swelling and pain while you wait to see your dentist.
If you're experiencing a dental emergency after regular office hours, check to see if your provider has a dentist on-call. You could likely avoid visiting an emergency room or urgent care center if you are able to contact a dentist first.
Do not wait to visit your dentist until there is an emergency or something hurts. Good home care and regular visits to your dentist for cleanings and exams are important steps in preventing dental emergencies.
You can learn more about dental emergencies by visiting United Concordia's Dental Health Center at https://www.unitedconcordia.com/dental-insurance/dental-health/dental-emergencies/
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