Memorial Day Weekend Dental Emergency Care

Memorial Day is a day of observance for all the fallen American soldiers in all wars and conflicts. It is a long celebrated three-day holiday weekend with the official day of honor being on Monday. Memorial Day also marks the unofficial beginning of summer with most schools letting out for summer around this time.

We hope everyone can have a nice, relaxing holiday weekend without any worries or concerns. However, there are times when unexpected things arise while you are out at the lake or wherever you may be spending your holiday weekend. For instance, you may find yourself with a sudden emergency dental crisis from one of your adventurous outdoor activities.

If you happen to find yourself in a Memorial Day weekend dental emergency, there are a few things you can do until you can get to the dentist: 
  • ToothacheIf you get a toothache brush and floss your teeth gently and rinse with warm water. It could simply be a food particle has gotten lodged somewhere and causing pain or discomfort. If there is still some discomfort, take an over-the-counter pain reliever. Never apply directly to your gums or teeth. This could cause and chemical burn and more pain.
  • Broken Tooth, Crown or FillingIf there’s any bleeding, apply gauze and a bit of light pressure. The bleeding should stop within 10 minutes. If not, try a moist tea bag. If your injury is painful, try over-the-counter pain relievers and stick to soft foods. You can use dental wax for hard edges of chipped teeth that may be cutting your gums. If it is a crown or filling that broke off, try to save it and bring it to your dentist. Denture adhesive is a good temporary way to reattach the crown or filling until you can get to the dentist.
  • Knocked-Out ToothIf you have knocked a tooth out, the first step is to find the tooth. Once you locate your missing tooth, pick it up by the crown, not the root. Rinse the tooth gently with cool water. Do not use soap or scrub the tooth. You can try to put permanent teeth back in the socket and hold it there with gauze or a washcloth, but do not try to replace baby teeth. If replacing the tooth back into the socket isn’t possible, place it in a clean container with milk, saline or cool water. You may place the tooth under your tongue to keep it moist as a last resort. Get to the dentist quickly. Less than 30 minutes out of the mouth is optimal for saving the tooth. Seek emergency care if it is after hours..
  • Mouth Injury and BleedingIf you’ve injured your mouth and there is bleeding, rinse gently to find where the blood is coming from. Next, apply pressure on that area or use the gauze/tea bag method mentioned for broken teeth. The bleeding should stop within 10 minutes. If the bleeding still persists, contact a dentist. Seek emergency care if it is after hours or you are unable to get to a dentist. Even if the bleeding stops, make a point to visit the dentist to make certain you don’t need stitches or have an injured tooth.


Westchase Premier Dental wishes everyone a happy and safe Memorial Day. However, keep these dental emergency tips in mind in the event you or a loved one is in need of urgent dental care. Give us a call at (813) 475 – 4528 if you have a dental emergency or for your next checkup. Our friendly staff is ready to help.



Cinco de Mayo Chili Pepper Tribute

Everyone loves to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and enjoy some of our favorite Mexican appetizers, meals, and cocktails. Those zesty Mexican favorites just wouldn’t be the same without the addition of some fiery chili peppers. This Cinco de Mayo Westchase Premier Dental would like to honor these zingy little nuggets of fire. We have found some interesting facts about chili peppers of all varieties and some health benefits worth sharing.

Chili Peppers help boost your immune system. The bright color from chili peppers is derived from their high content of beta-carotene, or vitamin A. Vitamin A is keeps your mucous membranes healthy, which are your body’s first line of defense against pathogens. Chili peppers are also high in calcium, which promotes strong bones and teeth.

Let’s Talk Capsaicin

Chili peppers are high in capsaicin, which is known to fight the inflammatory process. Capsaicin gives chili peppers their pungence ranging from very mild to intensely spicy. The hotter the pepper, the more capsaicin it contains. Capsaicin is also known to be a natural pain reliever. It is now being used as a topical treatment to relieve osteoarthritic pain. Along with reducing pain, capsaicin helps to clear out a stuffy nose and congested lungs. The heat from the peppers stimulates secretions to aid in clearing mucus. 

There are many other possible health benefits of chili peppers being studied including:

  • Preventing Stomach Ulcers
  • Lowering Type 2 Diabetes Risks
  • Weight Loss
  • Cardiovascular Benefits

For further reading on the possible health benefits read

Get out and celebrate this Cinco de Mayo and enjoy your spicy chili pepper infused favorites along with your Margaritas. Don’t forget to contact us for your next dental visit at (813) 475 – 4528. Our friendly staff is always ready to assist you.

Feliz Cinco de Mayo from all of us at Westchase Premier Dental!


Dr. Jesus L. Sojo
Dr. Jesus Sojo grew up in Puerto Rico where he attended the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras for his undergraduate studies. He was comissioned as an officer in the US Army and left in 1986 to complete a tour in Germany. After his military service, he pursued a new course and began studies at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, from which he obtained his dental degree in 1996. Dr. Sojo received a scholarship and comission with the US Air Force where he completed a residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry. He also completed advanced courses in Pathology, Oral Surgery, Forensics and Orofacial Pain. Dr. Sojo served overseas in the Pacific and Europe for 12 consecutive years maintaining a comprehensive general dentistry practice in addition to many senior level duties including director of 2 dental facilities, leading mass disaster contingency response teams and staffing new dentists in a residency program. He routinely provided leadership, mentoring and lectures for the dentists and staff. After 23 years of active duty military service, Dr. Sojo retired from the Air Force as a Colonel in 2015. He moved to Tampa, FL to continue practicing dentistry in the private sector. Dr. Sojo is fluent in Spanish and enjoys providing top quality care and the best customer service experience.

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