I Have a Dental Emergency, What Can I Do?

Dental emergencies don’t always come at the most convenient times. One of the many important reasons to maintain regular check ups with your dentist is to prevent these dental emergencies, however, accidents happen.

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Facial Swelling Can Be the Result of a Serious Infection

Facial swelling due to an infection in your mouth can become an emergency situation in 48 hours or less. The facial spaces in our heads can allow for infection to spread quickly. Without immediate dental treatment, you may find yourself sitting in the emergency room. This type of swelling is normally caused by an infection in the teeth or gums. Treatment for these situations can be root canal therapy, extractions or even swelling drainage. Antibiotics are often used in conjunction with these treatments; however, by themselves antibiotics will not permanently fix the cause of the infection. This is why it is very important to see a dentist as soon as possible. Regular visits to the dentist twice a year can help prevent emergency dental situations and increase your chances of maintaining a healthy smile.

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Dry Mouth Can Lead to Tooth Decay

Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is a common condition that results from a lack of saliva or salivary gland function. This condition can be temporary or permanent and be caused by medications or an underlying disease. Many of the common over the counter and prescription drugs can cause dry mouth as a side effect. The most common of these are antihypertensives, antihistamines, and antidepressants, to name a few. Radiation to the head and neck can also result in decreased saliva. Some diseases such as Sjogrens syndrome and diabetes result in this condition as well.

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