Sometimes, the unexpected can happen and when it comes to your teeth and mouth, you can be left feeling a little bit lost. We have put together some helpful tips to provide some guidance incase you find yourself in a dental emergency.
– Your Tooth Has Been Knocked Out
Try to avoid handling the tooth by its root. Make sure to rinse it with milk and dry with a clean cloth. The British Dental Health Foundation recommends holding the tooth and putting it firmly back in its socket- root first and biting on a clean handkerchief for 15-20 minutes.
If you cannot get the tooth back in, keep it in your cheek until you can get emergency treatment. teeth have more success of being re-implanted if it’s done within 30-60 minutes, so head to your emergency centre as soon as possible.
– You’ve Broken Your Tooth
Make sure you rinse your mouth out with warm water and keep the area as clean as possible. Head to your dentist for further advice and long term options.
– You Think You’ve Broken Your Jaw
If you’re unfortunate enough to suffer from a broken jaw, apply a cold compress to help control the swelling. Go to the nearest A+E department as soon as possible.
– You’ve Got Objects Stuck Between Teeth
Your first call is to use dental floss and try and remove the object carefully. If this is not enough to dislodge whatever is stuck in your teeth, go to your dentist who will be able to help you out. Don’t use anything sharp or pointed to push onto your teeth and gums- you could damage them further.
– You’re Suffering From Toothache
If you’re suffering from constant toothache, which is accompanied by swollen gums or is sensitive to touch, make an appointment with your dentist. In the meantime, regular painkillers are the best option to keep toothache under control.
– You’ve Bitten Your Tongue or Lip
First, make sure the area is clean then apply a cold compress to keep the swelling down. If the bleeding doesn’t stop after a period of time, head to your A+E department or give your dentist a call if it’s in surgery hours.