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There’s nothing much worse than experiencing a dental emergency when you’re on a trip. However, they still occur, no matter how much you dislike them. If you’ve chipped or broken a tooth while you’re away from home, it’s important to take care of the problem and improve the situation as much as possible. To help you do so, our dentist, Dr. David Peterson, has some tips and recommendations for you.

First, collect the pieces of the tooth. This is an important step because you’ll need all the pieces if your dentist is going to try and put your tooth back together. You can clean the pieces by running them under water if they are dirty. Do not lose the pieces. Once they are clean, put them in a plastic bag and in a safe place.

Second, wash your mouth. All you need to do is swish with warm water. If you’re feeling up to it, you can swish with saltwater to eliminate any bacteria that are attacking the injury. After your mouth is crystal clear, ice outside the injured area to reduce swelling and pain. You can also take over-the-counter medication if you feel it is necessary.

Third, schedule an appointment. Call a local dental office, explain the situation to the dental team, and schedule an emergency appointment. As you talk to them, it’s best to take care of any health, insurance, or paperwork questions so you don’t have to wait too long to receive treatment when you get to the office.

To learn more about how to handle a broken or chipped tooth, please remember that our dental team in Bakersfield, California, is here to help you in any way we can. We would be happy to give you the information you seek if you just call 661-587-7002 now!