During the holidays, your smile may not be on the top of the list while you are hustling and bustling, preparing for Christmas. We rarely tend to think about what we are popping in our mouths as we pass by the snack table, and what it could instantly do to our teeth until it is regrettably too late.
If that popcorn ball or toffee has just broken off a crown or painfully chipped a tooth, you don't have to suffer. Some dental offices offer after hour emergency care, but if you can wait until morning, there are a few things that you can do to help alleviate the pain.
Dr. Ken Poznikoff, from Riverside Dental, assures, "We try to be available as much as possible, to treat those patients, so that they can enjoy their holidays".
Dr. Poznikoff suggests a numbing gel, such as Anbesol or Orajel can possibly get you through until morning. Ibuprofen such as Advil or Motrin will also help alleviate the pain until you can get in for emergency care.
If you have a chipped tooth and it is rubbing your tongue raw, "You can get the wax for orthodontics, at the drug store. You can put a little wax on that area, so it's not quite as uncomfortable for you." It helps cover the sharp edges and give you some relief until you book your emergency appointment.
Dr. Poznikoff also says to "Stay away from anything that is really hot or really cold so that it doesn't irritate the tooth.
If you do happen to go through this trouble with your teeth during the holidays, just know that these are a couple of tips to get you through the pain, until you can get it in to see your dentist.