Emergency in the new year - National Dental Care

It’s morning after a fun night on the town. Your eyes slowly open, you begin to realise that it’s the new year.

Then your tongue slides its way around the edges of your teeth and you feel a ridge you don’t recognise – your front tooth has been chipped. When did that happen?

Steps to avoid a New Year’s disaster

Dental emergencies over the holidays are never ideal. Know how to deal with them and stop something like a chipped tooth from ruining your New Year.

First step

Check the National Dental Care website to find your nearest dentist open over the holiday season. If the closest dentist isn’t open, there are plenty of things you can do to ease your pain until you can see a dentist.

First aid

Treat sore, chipped or broken teeth by applying ice to the cheek or lips around the area. This can help reduce swelling and discomfort. Take anti-inflammatory medication regularly to help lessen any pain you may have. Consult the National Dental Care emergency action plan if you’re unsure of what steps to take.

Emergency visit

More severe dental emergencies that can’t wait for an available dentist mean a trip to the emergency ward at your nearest hospital.

Accidents are just a part of life. Some first aid will help ensure your days and nights aren’t too bad while you wait for professional help. Meanwhile you can get back to enjoying the holiday break.


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