St. Patrick's Day is almost here. This weekend, everyone will be "Irish" for a day. Of course, what this really means is that a large number of people will be engaging in a rare day of binge drinking. While this may be fun at the moment, it can also have serious consequences that go well beyond a seismic hangover the following day.
According to a study by CNBC and Sikka Software, emergency dental visits experience a tremendous spike immediately following St. Patrick's Day. Across the country, there is approximately a 77% increase in emergency dental care on March 18, and this additional traffic typically lasts for several days.
Interestingly, this trend doesn't discriminate by gender. Women are just as likely to experience a St. Patty's dental emergency as men: women ages 30-65 see a 77.4% increase in emergency visits, while men of the same age see a 78% increase.
Texas actually experiences a larger spike in dental emergencies than most states. It's expected that dental emergencies will be up more than 100% compared to an average day. So if you're planning on celebrating at Pimlico, Kenneally's, Mo's or any of the other North Houston Irish pubs this weekend, be careful. There will be plenty of sloppy drunks wreaking havoc around you.
Common Causes of Post-St. Patrick's Day Dental Emergencies
It should go without saying that excessive alcohol consumption is the primary reason behind these emergency dental visits. However, this drinking can lead to several different types of accidents.
If you expect drunken bar brawls to cause people to lose a few teeth, you're absolutely right. However, this isn't the only way these injuries occur. The drunken "face plant" is also quite common. This occurs when a person's drinking causes them to become clumsy and uncoordinated, resulting in falling face down on the sidewalk. These face plants can lead to chipped and cracked teeth. In situations where falls are very serious, people may lose teeth as well.
Stephens & Gatewood Dentistry Can Help with Dental Emergencies
At Stephens & Gatewood Dentistry, we offer a variety of emergency dentistry services, and we can help you address a cracked or missing tooth right away. Our dentists are on call 24 hours a day and we will meet you at our office anytime an emergency arises -- even if it is 1 am on St. Patrick's Day.
We offer a wide range of treatments to address the common issues that develop after a long day of St. Patrick's Day revelry:
- Dental bonding can repair minor chips or cracks
- Dental crowns are an ideal solution if there is more serious damage to your tooth
- Dental implants are the most effective solution to replace a missing tooth
- Dentures can be used to replace missing teeth in the event that you aren't a suitable candidate for dental implants
Contact our North Houston Dentists
If you experience a dental emergency this St. Patrick's Day weekend, we're here to help. Please contact Stephens & Gatewood Dentistry by calling 281-320-2000 to schedule an emergency appointment 24 hours a day. We serve patients in Spring, Conroe, The Woodlands and throughout North Houston, Texas.