4 Tooth Tips for Smooth Sailing

August 6, 2015

Sailing is one of Washington’s peak adventures Are you prepared for unexpected dental emergencies on the water?

Here are some common sea-fairing dental emergencies and tips to keep your smile healthy:


1. Toothache Pain

Toothaches are a pain in the…aspirin. Make sure you have pain relievers like acetaminophen on your boat so you can take them at the first sign of discomfort. Don’t forget to schedule an appointment with your dentist once you’ve docked. Toothaches can indicate serious trouble.

2. Bitten Tongue or Lip

Biting your own tongue or lip can really hurt. If it happens on your boat, clean the area with a cool damp cloth and apply pressure to keep swelling down. Bleeding should stop within a short period of time. If the cut is deep and doesn’t stop bleeding, dock your boat and head to your dentist. 

3. Object Caught in Teeth

Teeth are friends, not tools.  But, if an object happens to get caught in your teeth, gently remove it with floss. If you can’t remove the object and  it starts causing pain, visit your dentist.

4.Chipped Tooth

A broken or chipped tooth can be painful and irritating. Keep a cold compress on the injured area to reduce swelling and visit a dentist as soon as possible to avoid further damage or infection. If your whole tooth comes out, put it in milk and get to the dentist ASAP.

Make sailing adventures a shore thing.  Remember these 4 tips and pack a smile safety kit that includes painkillers and floss on your next boat trip.