Begin by meticulously cleaning around the sore tooth. Using warm saltwater, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. Do not use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum. If you have facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, we recommend acetaminophen. If the pain persists more than a day, please contact us.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
You can apply ice to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure, or continues longer than 15 minutes, please go to the nearest emergency room.
Recover any of the broken tooth fragments. Rinse the area with warm water, and apply a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Please seek immediate attention from an emergency dentist.
Knocked-Out Permanent Tooth
Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth into the socket, and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup of milk or water. Time is essential, so see an emergency dentist immediately.
Possible Broken Jaw
In the event of a jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie or handkerchief. Go immediately to the nearest emergency room.
Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out
Fold a piece of gauze, and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Have the child bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes. If the bleeding continues, please see a dentist.
Cold or Canker Sores
Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary treatment for canker sores or cold sores. If the sores persist, visit your dentist.
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