What To Do If You Have a Toothache
Gently rinse the mouth out with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to ensure that there is no food or other debris caught between the teeth.
Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. If the pain persists, contact your dentist.
What To Do If You Have a Broken Tooth
Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Use cold compresses on the area to keep any swelling down. Call your dentist immediately.
What To Do If a Tooth is Knocked Out
It’s important to retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown, and rinse off the root of the tooth if it’s dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, put the tooth back in its socket. If that isn’t possible put it in a container with milk or cool water. Immediately contact your dentist. Don’t forget to bring the tooth!
What To Do For a Bitten Lip or Tongue
Clean the area gently with a cloth and apply cold compresses to reduce any swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, go to a hospital emergency room immediately.
What To Do If Objects Get Caught Between the Teeth
Try to gently remove the object with dental floss; avoid cutting the gums. Never use a sharp instrument to remove any object that is stuck between your teeth. If you can’t dislodge the object using dental floss, contact your dentist.
What To Do If There are Problems With Braces and Retainers
If a wire is causing irritation, cover the end with a small cotton ball, beeswax, or a piece of gauze until you can get to the dentist. If a wire gets stuck in the cheek, tongue, or gum tissue, do not attempt to remove it. Contact your dentist immediately. If an appliance becomes loose or a piece of it breaks off, contact your dentist.