Dental 911: Common Dental Emergencies and First Aid Ideas

Dental EmergencyPostponing a visit to an emergency dentist will only increase your risk of sustaining more permanent damage, which may equal more costly and intensive treatment later on. Not convinced your problem is an emergency? Below are some guidelines for common dental emergencies, and some first aid techniques you can do.

  • A broken jaw: Put cold compress for minimising swelling. Go to your emergency dentist as soon as possible.
  • A bitten tongue or lips: Put cold compress to minimise swelling after cleaning the affected area. Seek your dentist or a doctor if the bleeding won’t stop.
  • A broken tooth: Gather all remnants of the tooth and clean your mouth using warm water. Put cold compress for the pain and swelling.
  • Knocked out teeth: Carefully clean the teeth and ensure that tissues are still attached. You can also submerge them in milk and then head straight to your dentist.
  • Toothache: recommends gargling some warm water and salt solution, and then floss to ensure that nothing’s stuck in between your teeth that cause pain. 
  • Dental abscess: If you’re feeling swelling in your gums accompanied by pain, possibly some discharge, gargle warm water with salt. Know that dental abscess could result in more severe infections when not addressed quickly.
  • Lost crown or filling: Use dental cement for fixing loose crowns. Apply dental cement or sugarless gum as a temporary sealant to damaged or lost dental filling. 

Remember, offense is your best defense. Ensure that you maintain proper oral habits to avoid dental emergencies. Aside from routine dental visits, and proper flossing and brushing techniques, avoid chewing hard food that may damage your teeth. Use a mouth guard to safeguard your teeth when playing contact sports, and don’t use your teeth for cutting packages open; that’s what scissors are for. 

Resources: Your Dentistry Guide Mouth Healthy