Toothaches: Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. Use dental floss to remove any food that might be trapped between the teeth. Do not place aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues. Call us as soon as possible.
Knocked-Out Teeth: If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently in running water. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. Gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If this is not possible, place the tooth in a cup of milk or cool water. Drive to our office as soon as possible. The sooner we see you the more likely we are to save your tooth. DON'T FORGET TO BRING THE TOOTH!
Chipped or Broken Tooth: Gently clean the broken area with warm water. Place a cold compress on your face to decrease any swelling, and call us immediately.
Bitten Tongue or Lip: Apply direct pressue to the bleeing area with a clean cloth. If swelling is present, apply a cold compress to the area. If bleeding does not stop within 30 minutes, call us immediately.
Objects Caught Between Teeth: Try to gently remove the object with floss. Guide the floss carefully to avoid cutting the gums. If you are not successful, call us immediately. DO NOT TRY TO REMOVE THE OBJECT WITH A SHARP OR POINTED INSTRUMENT.
Possible Broken Jaw: Do not move the jaw. Secure the jaw in place by tying a handkerchief, necktie, or towel around the jaw and over the top of the head. If swelling is present, apply a cold compress. Go immediately to a hospital emergency room.