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Although it’s rare, natural disasters do happen. When they do, it’s important to be prepared so you can keep yourself and your family out of harm’s way. As you make a disaster plan with your family, it’s important to keep your smile in mind. Your teeth, gums, and mouth might not be in tip-top shape when the disaster occurs, so it’s best to know what to do if you can’t get a hold of your dentist, Dr. Amanda Rhoades. To help you, our dental team encourages you to include these things in your disaster plan:

-Visit a dental professional nearest you if you have knocked a tooth out of place or if you have cracked or fractured a tooth. The sooner you visit a dental professional, the better chance you’ll have of saving your tooth. You don’t need to see your original dentist for treatment. If you have suffered severe facial trauma, please see a medical physician as soon as possible.

-Try to improve the situation if you have a loosened or knocked-out dental crown or dental bridge. You can do so by securing the restoration back into place with over-the-counter dental cement or sugar-free gum. If this isn’t possible, keep the crown or bridge in a safe place where it won’t get damaged. Avoid using that side of your mouth until you see your dentist.

-Don’t worry too much if you are due for a dental cleaning and exam appointment and your dentist is unavailable. If you aren’t experiencing any pain or discomfort, your checkup can be postponed until the office is open again.

For more information and details about how to help your smile if there is a natural disaster in Cincinnati, Ohio, please reach out to Eastern Hills Dental at 513-231-7474 and talk to a member of our dental team. When you contact us, we will be more than happy to help you.