importance of responding dental emergencies

The Importance of Responding to Dental Emergencies

Although a good oral health routine, including regular brushing and flossing, helps prevent dental problems, sometimes emergencies do arise. On these occasions a lack of treatment could pose a serious risk to your overall health.

Key takeaways:

  • A major toothache which is extremely painful can indicate an infection, requiring anti-biotics.
  • Although bleeding when brushing teeth can be common, bleeding which does not stop could mean a deep wound.
  • A broken tooth which reaches down to the pulp needs immediate attention to prevent possible infection.

“If you have facial swelling and are having difficulty breathing, call 999 or get to an emergency room right away.”

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.