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Common Dental Emergencies

Tooth Ache

Severe dental pain can limit you from normal daily activities. To help soothe the pain, begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between the teeth. Do NOT use aspirin on the aching tooth or gums. In the event of facial swelling apply a cold compress to that area. For temporary pain relief Acetaminophen is recommended. Make a dental appointment as soon as possible.

Cut or bitten tongue, lip, cheek

Cold compress can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure within 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.

Broken Tooth

Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Get immediate dental attention.

Knocked out Permanent Tooth

Recover the tooth, make sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root end. Rinse but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth can not be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing milk. Because time is essential, see a dentist immediately.

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