The Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) advised patients how to react in a dental emergency.
“Although we hope people avoid dental emergencies, we’d rather our patients be prepared if one happens,” said Dr. Gary Linker, CSDA President. “In a dental emergency – from a cracked tooth to severe toothache – there are simple actions you can take to address pain and prepare your mouth and teeth as you head to an emergency visit with a dentist.”
“Believe it or not, most dentists keep time in their daily schedules open for emergency visits from patients,” said Dr. Linker. “If you need to see a dentist in an emergency, give your dental office a call to see if they can see you first. Otherwise, patients should visit the emergency room for immediate attention.”
Below are some tips for how to handle a dental emergency, if an accident happens:
- For a knocked-out permanent or adult tooth, keep it moist at all times. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If that’s not possible, place it in between your cheek and gums, in milk, or use a tooth preservation product. Then, get to your dentist’s office right away.
- For a cracked tooth, immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area. Put cold compresses on the face to keep any swelling down.
- If you bite your tongue or lip, clean the area gently with water and apply a cold compress.
- For toothaches, rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between the teeth. Do not put aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues.
- For objects stuck in the mouth, try to gently remove with floss but do not try to remove it with sharp or pointed instruments.
“There are ways to protect your mouth from injury like wearing protective gear when playing sports, avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy, which can crack a tooth. Also, use scissors, and never use your teeth when trying to cut something,” said Dr. Linker. “Accidents happen and these simple steps can help patients take care of their mouths in the moment.”