How to handle dental emergencies

Article written by Elite Dental Group.

Dental injuries should not be ignored as they can cause serious damage if left untreated. Dental injuries can take many forms but understanding basic first aid care can help a person stay comfortable until they can visit a dentist.

Toothache – Toothache is a common problem and is usually a sign of decay or an infection. Start by thoroughly rinsing your mouth with warm water to help to reduce the pain. Additionally, use dental floss to clean out any lodged food. If there is inflammation a cold compress outside the mouth can help to reduce the swelling. Avoid placing an aspirin or a pain killer against the gum as it can burn the gum tissue.

Chipped or broken teeth – If your tooth is chipped or broken, save any broken pieces and see a dentist as soon as possible. Stop the bleeding by applying gauze for 10 mins and reduce the swelling by placing a cold compress outside your mouth.

Knocked-out tooth – Locate the tooth and clean it if it is dirty with water. If you can gently place the tooth back in its socket and visit a dentist immediately. If you are unable to place the tooth back in place, keep the tooth in your mouth or a small container of milk. Teeth that have been knocked out can often be saved if you visit a dentist within the hour.

Objects caught between teeth – Use dental floss to gently remove the object, never use a sharp object to dislodge the object.

Lost filling – Until you can see a dentist, place a piece of sugar-free gum over the cavity or use dental cement until you can see your dentist.

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