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Most of us have experienced a dental emergency at some point in our lives, and they all tend to have one thing in common; they happen when you least expect it and can turn your world upside down until you get help.

Glendale emergency dentist Dr. McKay has provided many patients with the care they need to get back to their lives. If she’s learned anything, it’s that emergencies come in many different shapes and sizes, and there’s no rule of thumb for determining where your emergency lies on the scale of mild to critical.

The last thing we want is for you to spend time worrying about whether or not you have a “true” emergency; always call us first if you are in doubt! We don’t mind taking your call and want to make sure you get the appropriate attention.

In general, here are some common emergencies and how they should be addressed:

Critical Emergencies

These are emergencies for which you need to drop everything and get to your dentist as soon as possible.

  • Knocked-out tooth – We have a window of two to three hours in which the tooth may be successfully reinserted. Keep the tooth’s root moist in milk, water, or saliva, and call your Glendale emergency dentist right away.
  • Severe pain that prevents you from functioning – Not only do we need to identify the source of your pain, but we also need to provide you with relief as quickly as possible.

Moderate Emergencies

These are emergencies that need to be dealt with as soon as possible, but you may not need to drop everything to get to our office.

  • A lost crown or filling needs to be addressed to protect the tooth from further damage.
  • A mild toothache is uncomfortable, but you may be able to find temporary relief with over-the-counter pain medications if you can’t get in to see us right away.

Mild Emergency

  • A chipped tooth is unattractive and mars your smile, but you can probably wait for a few days if you can’t get in to see us sooner.

Please Call So We Can Help

These are just guidelines, and we encourage you to call our office anytime you have a concern. The most important thing for you to know is that we are here for you when you need us!


Protecting the appearance and the health of your smile over the long-term can sometimes seem like an overwhelming task. Our Glendale dentists are here to help! We have seen, firsthand, just how damaging certain substances and habits can be for your smile over time. That is why today we are going to be talking about a specific chronic condition for which you should be on the lookout—bruxism.

What Is Bruxism?

Bruxism is the word that we use to refer to chronic dental grinding or tooth clenching. Bruxism can happen during the day, and it can also happen while the patient is asleep during the night. Unfortunately, long-term bruxism can cause your teeth to wear down, and your dental enamel to develop small cracks and chips.

How Does It Develop?

There are a number of potential root causes of bruxism. Stress, for example, can cause people to grind their teeth without even realizing it. Structural dental problems, too, can result in bruxism. When your top and bottom teeth do not come together evenly and naturally, you may slide your lower jaw back and forth in order to make your teeth “fit” together.

What Can I Do?

The first thing that you can do is to remember these common symptoms of bruxism:

  • Jaw pain or soreness
  • Frequent headaches
  • Tooth pain

You may even catch yourself grinding your teeth during the day—be mindful of stopping this habit when you notice it!

If you do think that you are dealing with bruxism, then it is time to reach out to your dental team for an assessment. Timing is key—you don’t want to let bruxism persist untreated for long.

Professional treatments for bruxism are designed to:

  • Repair damaged tooth structure
  • Alleviate any TMJ dysfunction that leads to dental grinding
  • Protect your natural teeth with custom-fit oral appliances

As you can see there are effective, patient-friendly bruxism solutions available to you. Please contact our Glendale dentists if you think you may be grinding your teeth and you’re ready to protect your smile. We look forward to speaking with you! 


As the holiday season rolls around, our Glendale dental team is here with some helpful tips on protecting your smile. We know that it can seem especially difficult to make good dental dietary decisions this time of year, but there are a few simple things you can do!

Be Aware of Problem Ingredients

We tend to be surrounded by treats and indulgences of all kinds around the holidays. You may find that you have access to more candy, cookies, and cake (especially fruitcake!) than normal. You want to keep this in mind as you make dietary choices during the holidays, because treats that are especially sugary or acidic can give harmful oral bacteria a boost.

And it’s not just about candies and cookies—acidic wines, ciders, and liquors will also affect your dental enamel. These treats can leave color deposits on your teeth, and leave your smile susceptible to developing cracks or chips.

Rinse Regularly

One of the simplest and most effective things that you can do to boost oral health is to rinse your smile with water throughout the day. Obviously, rinsing helps to clear away dental debris, food particles, and plaque, but it is also health-boosting because it prompts saliva production. So, make it a point to rinse after eating or drinking, especially after consuming sugar treats.

Indulge Strategically

Most of us are not going to cut sugar out of our diets completely this holiday season, but the good news is that there are easy steps you can take to protect your smile anyway. First of all, do not brush or pick at your teeth for 20 to 30 minutes after you finish consuming something acidic; during this period of time, your dental enamel is actually softer than usual. And if you are going to consume a sweet treat, try to do so in a specific, time-limited sitting. The goal is to minimize the amount of time that oral bacteria are active in your mouth.

As always, our Glendale dentists are happy to provide you with additional information, and to answer any questions that you may have. Give us a call to get started!