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Dental Emergencies       

Dental emergencies may occur anywhere at anytime.

A quick, handy references of emergency evaluation in form of a postcards, charts, guides, and/or notes are very important.

Key Benefits

  • Benefit 1 -- Stress Minimization
  • Benefit 2 -- Safe Pain Relief for Toothache
  • Benefit 3 -- Soothing, Protection, and Better Healing of Minor Dental Injuries

Teeth Involvement

1. Toothache
A. Clean the area around the sore tooth thoroughly.
B. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm salt water.
C. Use dental floss to dislodge trapped food or debris.
D. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth.
E. If face is swollen, apply a cold compress.
F. Take OTC analgesics (aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, etc.) for temporary pain relief.
G. See a dentist as soon as possible.
2. Broken Tooth
A. Rinse dirt from injured area with warm water.
       B. Place cold compresses over the face in the area of the injury.
       C. Locate and save any broken tooth fragments.
       D. Immediate dental attention is necessary.
3. Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
A. Find the tooth.
B. Handle the tooth by the top (crown), not the root portion.
C. Rinse the tooth, but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily.
D. Try to reinsert it in its socket.
E. Have the child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean gauze or cloth.
F. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing milk or water.
G. See a dentist IMMEDIATELY!
H. Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.

Other Tissues Involvement

1. Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
A. Apply ice to bruised areas.
B. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean gauze or cloth.
C. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes, take the child to a hospital emergency room.
D. If bleeding cannot be controlled by simple pressure, take the child to a hospital emergency room.
2. Bleeding After Baby Tooth Falls Out
A. Fold and pack a clean gauze or cloth over the bleeding area.
B. Have the child bite on the gauze with pressure for 15 minutes.
C. This may be repeated once.
D. If bleeding persists, see a dentist.
3. Cold/Cancer Sores
A. Usually over-the-counter (OTC) preparations give relief.
B. Some serious diseases may begin as sores.
C. It is important to have a dental evaluation if these sores persist.
4. Possible Broken Jaw
A. Try to keep suspected fractured jaw from moving.
B. Use a towel, tie, or handkerchief .
C. Take the child to the nearest hospital emergency room.


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