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At Art of the Smiles, Dr. Huang and our team know that dental emergencies can happen to anyone, anytime. Our goal is to help you with all of your oral health needs, so if you experience a dental emergency, please give us a call as soon as possible so we can get you in and address the problem. While you are waiting to be seen by our team, the following three tips can help you save a tooth:


Does your tooth hurt with no relief? If you are experiencing a painful toothache, rinse your mouth with water to remove any debris. If food is lodged between your teeth, use dental floss to gently remove it. If your toothache is caused by a mild infection, it may go away on its own. You can also rinse your mouth with a saltwater solution to reduce swelling and inflammation. Simply stir a spoonful of salt in a cup of warm water until it dissolves and rinse with the solution so that it washes over the painful area.

Cracked Tooth

If you have accidentally cracked a tooth, rinse your mouth gently to remove any oral debris or food particles. If you are experiencing swelling in the gum tissue around the affected tooth, you can apply a cold compress to your cheek where the fracture occurred. Make an appointment with our dentist as soon as you can.

Lost Tooth

If you have lost a permanent tooth due to an accident or injury, you will want to preserve the tooth as best as you can before you are seen. To keep the tooth viable for possible implantation, keeping it moist is key. You can place it in the socket or between your cheek and gums. Your saliva is a good protector of the tooth and tooth root. If you can’t keep it in your mouth, try placing it in a small container of milk, or if you have a tooth preservation product in your emergency kit, use that. Avoid handling the tooth by the root, handle it as little as possible and only by the crown.

In the event of an oral emergency, our team is here to help. Please call 253-839-4048 to be seen by Dr. Huang. If the office is closed and you cannot wait, you can also visit your local emergency room for immediate assistance. If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call today. We look forward to serving you!