More dental tips from the Michigan Dental Association!
It’s a fact of life – emergencies don’t occur when doctor’s offices are open. It seems like it’s always in the dead of night, a national holiday or a weekend when a tooth gets knocked out or starts aching so bad you want to howl.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of dos and don’ts for dental emergencies. In all cases, you should get to your dentist as soon as you can, but the following tips should keep you going until you can get there.
- Do rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out.
- Do use dental floss to remove any food that might be trapped between the teeth.
- Don’t place aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues.
- Do see your dentist as soon as possible.
- Do rinse the tooth in running water if it’s dirty.
- Don’t scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments.
- Do gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket or place it in a cup of milk or cool water.
- Do go straight to your dentist – if you get there in 30 minutes or less, there’s a good chance the tooth can be put back in its rightful place.
- Do gently clean dirt from the injured area with warm water.
- Do place cold compresses on the face in the area of the injured tooth to decrease swelling.
- Do go to the dentist immediately.
If you have questions about a potential problem not listed here, don’t hesitate to ask your Michigan Dental Association dentist. While there is no substitute for a visit to your dentist’s office, their words of advice can be very reassuring in a time of crisis.