How To Handle Three Common Dental Emergencies

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If you ever find yourself in a dental emergency, you want to know what you need to do to protect and take care of your mouth before you have to act. Being educated on how to handle dental emergencies will ensure that should you or someone around you damage their mouth, you'll know how to act in an appropriate manner that will minimize pain and prevent more damage to the mouth.

#1 Toothache

When your tooth aches, it can be difficult to think about anything else. When you get a toothache, the first thing that you should do is rinse your mouth out with some warm water. Swish the water around and then spit it out. This will help get rid of anything that may be stuck in your mouth. Repeat a few times. Then, get out some floss and clean between your teeth. When something gets stuck between your teeth, even something really small, it can cause your tooth to ache.

If the toothache feels really bad, you can take some aspirin. What you shouldn't do is place an aspirin directly on the aching area of your mouth; an actual aspirin tooth can burn and damage your gums.

If the toothache persists, schedule a check-up with your dentist. There are a variety of dental issues, from a cavities to gum disease, that could be causing your tooth to ache.

#2 Bitten Tongue

If you bit your tongue or your lip, the first thing you need to do is rinse your mouth out with some water. This will help clean the area that you bit. After that, you are going to want to apply something cold to the outside of your face, wrapped up with a paper towel, such as a cold compress or some cold item from your freezer.

If the bite was serious and resulted in the loss of lots of blood, you need to head down to your nearest emergency room. The emergency room can help stop the bleeding and treat the pain.

#3 Cracked Tooth

Your teeth are strong, but they are also capable of cracking. If you get hit in the face with something, such as a ball when playing a sport, the force of the hit can cause your tooth to crack.

When you crack your tooth, the first thing you want to do is rinse the area with warm water. This will clean out the crack on your screen. After that, put a cold compress over the tooth and the area of your face that was hit. Make sure that the cold compress is wrapped up with a towel. Then, see your dentist as soon as you can. Your dentist can help fill in and repair the crack and make sure that your tooth only suffered cosmetic damage.

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