- Thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water,
- Use dental floss to remove any lodged food,
- If your mouth is swollen, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek,
- Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue.
- Retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth),
- Rinse off the tooth root with water if it's dirty,
- Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments,
- If possible, try to put the tooth back in place. Make sure it's facing the right way. Never force it into the socket,
- If it's not possible to reinsert the tooth in the socket, put the tooth in a small container of milk (or cup of water that contains a pinch of table salt, if milk is not available)
- Knocked out teeth with the highest chances of being saved are those seen by the dentist and returned to their socket within 1 hour of being knocked out.
Objects caught between teeth
- Try using dental floss to very gently and carefully remove the object,
- If you can't get the object out, visit us or your dentist,
- Never use a pin or other sharp object to poke at the stuck object. These instruments can cut your gums or scratch your tooth surface.
- If the crown is lost use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area (clove oil can be purchased at your local drug store or in the spice aisle of your grocery store),
- If possible, slip the crown back over the tooth. Before doing so, coat the inner surface with an over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste, or denture adhesive, to help hold the crown in place. Do not use super glue!
- Abscesses are infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. Abscesses are a serious condition that can damage tissue and surrounding teeth, with the infection possibly spreading to other parts of the body if left untreated,
- Because of the serious oral health and general health problems that can result from an abscess. To ease the pain and draw the pus toward the surface, try rinsing your mouth with a mild salt-water solution (1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day.
Injuries to the soft tissues, which include the tongue, cheeks, gums, and lips, can result in bleeding. To control the bleeding, here's what to do:
- Rinse your mouth with a mild salt-water solution,
- Use a moistened piece of gauze or tea bag to apply pressure to the bleeding site. Hold in place for 15 to 20 minutes,
- To both control bleeding and relieve pain, hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes,
- If the bleeding doesn't stop, see your dentist right away or go to a hospital emergency room. Continue to apply pressure on the bleeding site with the gauze until you can be seen and treated.