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Tips on How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

What to do in a dental emergency? Here are that things you can do when faced with a dental problem.

Posted on

18 September 2017

Last updated on 13 January 2020
Tips on How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Knowing what to do during dental emergencies can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth.

It is important to know what kind of injuries require emergency dental care, so you can make sure that your family’s teeth are taken care of while avoiding unnecessary trips to the emergency room.

Some oral injuries may need immediate treatment, while others can wait until your dentist’s normal clinical hours.

Here are some tips for common dental emergencies

Here are some tips for common dental emergencies:

For toothaches

  • Avoid hot or cold foods and drinks as they further trigger the pain.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out.
  • Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between the teeth.
  • Do not put aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues.
  • Take over the counter pain medication
  • Put an ice pack on your cheeks and jaw to numb the affected area
  • Alternatively, clove oil works as a natural remedy. Rub it directly on the sore area or soak it in a cotton ball and gently dab it against the tooth and gums.
  • Visit your dentist at the earliest

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For a knocked-out permanent or adult tooth

  • Handle your tooth very carefully. Also, try not to touch the root part of the tooth as it can be damaged easily.
  • Keep it moist. Be very careful to not swallow the tooth. If you can’t get the tooth to stay in the socket then keep it in a container of milk until a dental professional can examine.
  • If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. Biting down on moistened gauze or a wet tea bag might help.
  • Apply a cold compress to help deal with any bleeding from the socket.
  • Visit your dentist at the earliest
Planning can save precious time, and potentially help to save teeth and nerve tissue in an emergency When you have a dental emergency, it’s important to visit your dentist as soon as possible to avoid any further complications.

Preventive Measures

  • Wear a mouth guard when participating in sports or recreational activities.
  • The harder the food, the more likely it is to lead to tooth damage. Don’t chew on hard objects such as ice or unpopped popcorn kernels
  • Use scissors and avoid using your teeth to open packaging
  • Don’t clench or grind your teeth
  • If you have clenching or grinding issues, visit your dentist about getting a mouth guard to protect your teeth
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