If you are experiencing intense pain or you notice something strange in your mouth, you may not be immediately inclined to go to the dentist right away. However, no matter the case, you should always call your dentist if you have concerns or an emergency.

1. Your Orthodontia Breaks

Are you experiencing broken wires or brackets from your braces? You don't want to wait to call the dentist or orthodontist, as this can delay the way the braces work. You may be able to use dental wax to cover any painful or uncomfortable parts of the equipment. Just try not to remove anything until you get to the dentist.

2. You Bit Your Tongue or Lip

Your first step is to apply ice to the area right away. If you are bleeding, it is important to apply pressure with gauze or a clean cloth. You can even use a tea bag. If you are bleeding intensely or the flow does not stop soon, emergency dental treatment may be necessary.

3. Your Tooth Got Knocked Out

If you are able to find your tooth, hold it by the edge (not the roots). If the tooth is dirty, rinse it off lightly in water before trying to place it back into the socket. Hold the tooth in place with a tissue. If you don't feel that you can put the tooth back in the socket, store it in milk or water in a cup. Regardless of what you do with the tooth, get in touch with your dentist right away. Time is of the essence in a situation like this.

4. You Have a Canker Sore

Canker sores are found inside the mouth, typically on the inside of the cheek or on the tongue. They appear like red ulcers, and you may find it painful to eat or drink with one. This is especially the case if you try to eat anything acidic. Canker sores are typically caused by trauma to the area, including an accidental bite. Some people get canker sores as an allergic reaction to toothpaste or gum as well. Generally, these sores treat themselves and heal very quickly. A dental visit may be able to provide some quick relief for these sores.

Are you experiencing one of these dental issues or have questions about your own teeth? Get in touch with a dentist at All About Smiles Incorporated to talk about issues like these.