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Emergencies

Toothache

Start by thoroughly cleaning the area around the affected tooth. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to remove any food particles caught between your teeth. It is crucial never to apply aspirin directly to the sore tooth or gum. If there is swelling on the face, a cold compress should be applied to the area. Acetaminophen is suggested for temporary relief of pain. It’s important to consult a dentist as soon as you can.

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Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek

Apply ice to any bruised areas for relief. If there’s bleeding, use sterile gauze or a clean cloth to apply firm yet gentle pressure. Should the bleeding not cease after applying pressure or if it persists beyond 15 minutes, seek immediate medical assistance at an emergency room.

Broken Tooth

First, rinse the affected area with warm water. Then, apply a cold compress to the facial area near the injury. Try to recover any pieces of the broken tooth. It’s important to seek dental care immediately.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

If a permanent tooth is knocked out, carefully pick it up by the crown, avoiding the root. Rinse it without scrubbing and try to reinsert it into the socket, holding it in place with a clean gauze or cloth. If reinsertion isn’t possible, keep the tooth in a cup of milk or saliva. Avoid rinsing the tooth with water and seek immediate dental assistance, as time is of the essence.

Chipped or Fractured Tooth

Immediately contact your pediatric dentist if you experience a chipped or fractured tooth. Prompt action may save the tooth, prevent infection, and reduce the need for further dental procedures. Rinse your mouth with water and use cold compresses to lessen any swelling. Bring any broken fragments of the tooth with you to the dentist.

Possible Broken Jaw

If you suspect a broken jaw, secure the mouth closed using a towel, tie, or handkerchief and proceed to the emergency room without delay.

Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out

Place a piece of gauze over the area where the tooth has fallen out and bite down firmly for 15 minutes. If bleeding does not stop, consult your pediatric dentist for further advice.

Cold or Canker Sores

Temporary relief for cold or canker sores can often be found with over-the-counter treatments. If the sores do not improve, it’s advisable to visit your pediatric dentist for further examination and treatment.