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Dental emergencies happen, even when you’re on vacation. And although the emergencies are inconvenient, troublesome, and stressful, it’s important to keep a cool head, treat the problem, and improve the situation as much as possible.

To help you treat a broken or chipped a tooth while you’re away from home, our dentist, Dr. Chet B. Hawkins, encourages you to take the following steps:

No. 1: Pick up the tooth pieces. Once you have collected them, put them in a plastic bag and keep them in a safe place. This is important because you will need to take them with you to your dental appointment. Your dentist will try to put the tooth back together.

No. 2: Wash your mouth. You can do so by rinsing with warm water. If you wish to rid bacteria and reduce chances of infection, you can rinse with salt water. Rinsing can clean your mouth and help you get a good look at the situation. To relieve swelling and pain, ice outside the area with a cold compress.

No. 3: Schedule an appointment. All you need to do is reach out to a local dental office, explain the situation, and schedule an emergency appointment. If possible, take care of any paperwork over the phone so you don’t have to wait long when you get to the office.

Call Chet B. Hawkins DDS Inc at 281-488-4242 today if you have any questions or if you need additional help. Our dental team in Houston, Texas, is here to help you in any way we can, even if you’re on the road. We look forward to hearing from and assisting you!