Calapooia Family Dental - June 2020

Is It a Dental Emergency?

We’ve all been there. You’re enjoying a nice game of soccer or catch with your family when the ball comes careening toward your face and smacks you right in the mouth. You immediately feel a crunch and begin to panic — not to mention the pain is throbbing. But is this a dental emergency? Should you call the dentist or go to the emergency room?

immediate treatment. In fact, any pain above a dull throbbing should be examined as soon as possible. 3. Are you bleeding and is it continuous? Your teeth and gums are sensitive, so a little bleeding may be expected. However, bleeding is not normal, and it’s often a sign that something needs attention. If bleeding is continuous, seek expert help quickly.

First, determine the severity of your injury by asking yourself the following questions.

1. Can you still use your mouth or the part that was impacted? Limited function of your mouth can be detrimental to your breathing, eating, communicating, and other life-sustaining needs. Ignoring this could create further problems as the injury progresses. Seek professional help immediately. 2. Are you in severe pain? This may seem obvious, but we understand the stubbornness that comes with getting hurt. Maybe you don’t want to be a bother, or you just want to brush the pain off and continue with your day. But if you’re in severe pain, then this is a message from your body that something is wrong and you need

If none of these apply to you, then you likely are not suffering from a dental emergency. However, don’t ignore the pain or issue in hopes that it will disappear. Call your

dental provider to schedule a follow-up appointment. Your dentist can examine your mouth and teeth for signs of damage that could cause future pain or conditions. Remember, all dental emergencies and procedures should be treated by your dentist . Your dentist has direct access to your oral history and is an expert in oral health. Unless the situation is life- threatening, always opt to call your dentist first. If you’re still unsure, then you should call our team at 541-926-3689 . It’s always better to err on the side of caution and let our team of experts decide how best to proceed with your treatment.

Watermelon and Tomato Salad WITH TURMERIC OIL


This light summer salad is packed with flavor and color!


• 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil • 1 tsp peppercorns, coarsely crushed • 1 tsp coriander seeds, coarsely crushed • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric

• 4 cups seedless watermelon, diced into 1/2-inch pieces • 2 medium heirloom tomatoes, diced into 1/2-inch pieces • 8 oz mild feta, diced into 1/2- inch pieces • Flaked sea salt


1. In a small saucepan, heat coconut oil, peppercorns, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, and turmeric for about 3 minutes or until fragrant. Let cool slightly but do not let coconut oil solidify. 2. In a large bowl, place diced watermelon, tomatoes, and feta. Drizzle with oil mixture and finish with a dash or two of salt.

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