If you have ever gotten into an accident or a dental emergency, here is what you should do in order to save your tooth:
Knocked-out tooth: Saving an adult knocked-out tooth is important because it will never grow back again. To do so, remember to always keep the tooth moist and try pushing the tooth back into your tooth socket. If it is not possible, try soaking your tooth in milk, placing it between your cheek and gums, or using a tooth preservation product. You should also visit your dentist immediately.
Toothaches: You should first gently rinse your mouth with warm water. Then, try to use a floss to remove anything between the teeth. It is highly adviced to not use aspirin to treat pain on the tooth and the surrounding gum tissues.
Cracked tooth: Rinse your mouth with warm water right away. After that, you can apply cold compresses like ice packs to reduce the swelling on your face.
Bitten tongue or lip: Clean the bitten area with water and gently apply cold compresses.
Objects stuck in mouth: Try to use floss to remove them, but never with sharp tools or instruments.
Of course, it is always necessary to visit your dentist immediately when you encounter a dental emergency. Below are some tips on how to avoid these emergencies:
- Wear a mouthguard when participating in activities like playing sports
- Avoid chewing hard food that might possibly crack your tooth. For example, ice, popcorn kernels, and hard candies.
- Do not use your teeth to cut things.
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.
Brian Y. Kuo DDS FAGD