How-To: Handle a dental emergency
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- First and foremost, stay calm!
- Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area.
- Apply cold compressions to the outside of the mouth to keep swelling down and relieve pain.
- Contact your dentist immediately.
- Rinse your mouth with warm water.
- Use dental floss to ensure no food or debris is caught between teeth.
- Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth, as it may burn the gum tissue.
- If pain persists, contact your dentist.
- Rinse your mouth with mild salt-water solution.
- Use a moistened piece of gauze or tea bag to apply pressure for 15-20 minutes to the bleeding area.
- Hold a cold compression to the outside of your mouth to control bleeding and relieve pain.
- If the bleeding doesn’t stop, visit the hospital emergency room immediately.
- When participating in athletics, always wear a mouth guard.
- Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels or hard candy – all of which can crack a tooth.
- Don’t use your teeth as tools. When cutting tape or other items, always use scissors.