Car Accidents May Damage Teeth

Many kinds of accidents can lead to tooth damage. Car accidents are one such event that may result in a chipped, loose, or knocked out tooth. It is important to remain calm and contact your dentist to arrange a timely dental evaluation and seek treatment. Prompt repairs can minimize the extent and duration of pain and damage.

You may be interested to learn that driving with your hands at the ten and two o’clock positions is no longer advised, because if airbags deploy, your hands can hit your face and cause extensive damage. It is also a very bad idea to drive with your hands on the top twelve o’clock position for this reason. To protect your teeth and drive with respect to airbag safety, position your hands at nine and three o’clock and utilize built in thumb hangers when available. Hand over hand turns have also become a danger, because they place your arms between the airbag and your face.

In the event that a tooth falls out, do not wipe the tooth. Rinse gently with water or saliva, replace in the socket and gently bite a soft cloth for transport if possible, but use caution not to swallow the tooth. Otherwise place the tooth in a small container with as much saliva as possible or cold milk. Place the container on ice and get to a dentist as quickly as possible. It is important to keep the tooth moist. You have about a two hour window to have the tooth replaced.

If a tooth is loose or chipped, contact your dentist to discuss the severity of the problem and arrange to be seen for evaluation and treatment. Your family dentist will help you determine how quickly you need to respond and advise you whether to avoid eating or limiting food selections until your appointment. Modern dentistry provides many methods to repair chipped and loosened teeth to promote healing and restored smiles.

In case you have an accident and chip, loosen, or knock out a tooth, you should contact your dentist immediately to take the best course of action to repair the damage. In the interim between the injury and a visit to your dentist’s office, you may take some steps to help foster a good outcome. If your child or someone you are responsible for hurts a tooth, remain calm and provide comfort while contacting help. It’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible to prevent further deterioration and discomfort. Your dentist can evaluate the severity of the harm and prescribe the best course of treatment for repairs.

Free Dental Care in Connecticut

Healthy SmileIf you are experiencing a financial hardship or do not currently have dental insurance, this should not prevent you or your family from seeing a dentist and keeping up with your regular dental exams. Free dental clinics are a great resource for people experiencing hardships to see qualified dentists and dental professionals. Some organizations also offer a free or low cost dental referral service for people to keep up with dentist visits. In Connecticut, a few such events will be taking place in the next several weeks.

If you live in the Hartford area, the West Indian Foundation and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving are supporting the fourth annual Inner-City Dental Clinic. This free clinic operates on a first-come first-serve basis. Services provided will include routine exams, screenings, dental x-rays, cleanings, fillings, extractions and temporary dentures. The clinic will be operating from 8am to 8pm, May 19, 2012. You can also receive a free screening for blood pressure, vision, diabetes, HIV, and oral cancer. The Inner-City Dental Clinic will be held at Community Health Services, 500 Albany Avenue, Hartford, CT.

Another upcoming free dental clinic is the fifth annual Connecticut Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic to be held March 23-24, 2012. Dental exams, fillings, cleanings, extractions, temporary dentures, and root canals are included in the array of services provided. Patients will be seen on a first-come first-serve basis and doors open at 6am. If you have been putting off seeing a dentist for financial reasons, this is a good opportunity to get the healthcare you need. The CT Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic will be held on the campus of Western Connecticut State University at the O’Neill Center, 43 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury, CT. CT Mission of Mercy’s site also provides details for individuals seeking referrals for Connecticut dentists providing free or sliding-scale services from your local Community Health Center.

If you are concerned about your finances and the cost of dental care, remember you have options. Regular checkups with a dentist are a key factor in maintaining oral health, and prevention is far less expensive than corrective procedures. Whether you attend a free dental clinic or pick up the phone and call a family dentist for your next checkup, be proactive in taking the steps to keep your smile healthy.