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Western Dental Offers Tips for Summer Travel

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Western Dental, a national leader in dental and orthodontic care,
understands that summer is a time of year when access to one's regular
dentist is not always possible due to vacations.

Whether you're embarking on a long trip by car, taking a flight to an
exotic destination, experiencing a fun ocean voyage or simply enjoying a
sunny day at the beach, an unexpected problem in your mouth can become a
major dilemma.

"We all love our summer vacations and see them as a carefree time of
enjoyment and little stress. However, a vacation has the potential to be
ruined due to a dental emergency," said Dr. John Luther, Chief Dental
Officer for Western Dental. "Fortunately, there are some common-sense
solutions that we can all apply that will alleviate the problem until we
return home and can visit our regular dentist."

Dr. Luther offers these short-term solutions until you can see a
professional for the following problems:

  • Toothaches. Rinse mouth with warm water and use dental floss to
    remove any lodged food. If swelling appears, hold a cold compress to
    the outside of the mouth or cheek. Never put aspirin against the gums
    or on the sore tooth, because it may burn the gum tissue.
  • Chipped or Broken Tooth. Rinse mouth and any broken pieces with
    warm water. If bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about
    10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Hold a cold compress to the
    outside of the mouth to reduce swelling and ease pain.
  • Lost Filling. Stick a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity
    (sugar-filled gum will cause pain) or use an over-the-counter dental
    cement.
  • Lost Crown. If in pain, use a cotton swab to apply a little
    clove oil to the tooth. Try to slip the crown back over the tooth.
    Before putting the crown back in place, coat the inner surface with an
    over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste or denture adhesive to help
    hold it in place. Never use super glue!
  • Broken Braces Wire. If a wire breaks or sticks out and is
    poking you, use the eraser end of a pencil to move the wire. If that
    is not working, use orthodontic wax, a small cotton ball or a piece of
    gauze to cover the wire tip. Don't cut the wire, because there's a
    risk of swallowing it.
  • Knocked-out Tooth. Retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown
    (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth) and rinse with warm
    water. Using no force, try to replace the tooth facing the right way.
    If that's not possible, put the tooth in a small container of milk (or
    a cup of water that contains a pinch of table salt). A tooth that has
    been knocked out has the highest chance of being saved when it is
    returned to the socket within one hour.

These tips can help get you through an emergency, but it's important to
see a dentist when you return home.

To learn more about Western Dental or inquire about an office in your
community, visit www.westerndental.com
or call 1-800-6-DENTAL.

ABOUT WESTERN DENTAL

Western Dental (with its affiliates, including Brident Dental &
Orthodontics and Western Dental Kids) is one of the nation's largest
dental providers and is the leader in accessible, affordable oral
healthcare, serving approximately 2.4 million patient visits annually in
246 affiliated offices throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, and
Texas. In addition to general dentistry, it offers orthodontics, oral
surgery, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and endodontics in its
offices, creating a convenient full service "Dental Home."

In California, Western Dental is the leading provider of services to
both adults and children in the Medi-Cal Dental program – part of the
Medi-Cal public insurance program that provides health care benefits for
more than 13 million low-income individuals and families. Western Dental
dentists provided care to more than a half-million Medi-Cal Dental
beneficiaries in 2017 and is committed to continuing to partner with the
State to help improve the program.

All of Western Dental's services are backed by a unique quality
assurance system that monitors patient visits, treatments, dental staff
and clinical performance to enable high-quality care. To learn more
about Western Dental or inquire about an office in your community, visit www.westerndental.com
or call 1-800-6-DENTAL.

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