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Are You in a Tooth Pickle??
Are You in a Tooth Pickle??
Be Prepared for a Dental Emergency!!

  

Be Prepared for a Dental Emergency!!!

 

If a dental emergency happens at your school, clinic, or home, remain calm and reassure the child.  You might be able to help save a tooth by knowing what to do…

                                         Follow these steps:

BROKEN TOOTH

  • Gently clean dirt from the injured area with warm water
  • Place a cold compress on the face over the injured area
  • Save any broken tooth fragments
  • See the dentist immediately!

KNOCKED OUT PERMANENT TOOTH

  • Handle tooth by its crown instead of roots
    • Rinse tooth gently in cool water, do not scrub it or clean it with soap – use just water
    • If possible, gently replace tooth in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze or a washcloth
    • If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with milk, saliva, or water
  • Call the emergency number if it is after hours
  • The faster you act, the better your chances are of saving the tooth

TOOTHACHE

  • Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out
  • Use dental floss to dislodge any trapped food
  • Do not place an aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissue
  • If face is swollen, place a cold compress on the outside of the cheek
  • See dentist immediately!

CUT OR BITTEN TONGUE, LIP, OR CHEEK

  • Apply direct pressure to the bleeding area with a clean cloth
  • Apply cold compress to swollen areas
    • If bleeding does not stop after fifteen minutes, take child to a hospital emergency room immediately!

BROKEN BRACES AND WIRES

  • Cover ends of broken braces and wires with wax or apiece of gauze until the child can be seen by a dentist
  • If a wire gets stuck in a cheek or gum tissue, do not attempt to remove it
  • See the dentist immediately!

DENTAL INJURIES CAN BE PREVENTED

  • Wear a mouth guard when participating in sport activities
  • Always use a car seat for young children
  • Use seat belts
  • Child-proof your home
    • Protect your child from unnecessary toothaches with regular dental visits