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Emergencies

TOOTHACHE

Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth carefully.  Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between the teeth. DO NOT USE ASPIRIN on the aching tooth or on the gum. In the event you have swelling, apply a cold compress to the area.   For temporary pain relief, ibuprofen is recommended.  See a dentist as soon as possible.

BROKEN BRACES AND WIRES

Remove a broken appliance only if it comes out easliy.  If it is lodged or painful to remove, cover any protruding edges with wax, cotton balls, gauze or chewing gum(sugarless).  DO NOT REMOVE any wire caught in the gums, cheek or tongue; see a dentist immediately.  Emercency attention is usually  not required for loose or broken appliances that cause no discomfort.

BROKEN TOOTH

Rinse the area with warm water.  Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury.  Recover any broken tooth fragments. Get dental attention as soon as  possible.

KNOCKED OUT PERMANENT TOOTH

Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown(top), and not the root end.  Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary.  Reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold in place using a clean piece of guaze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup of milk or water.  Because time is essential, see a dentist immediately.

POSSIBLE BROKEN JAW

In the event of jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie or hankerchief.  Go immediately to an emergency room.

COLD OR CANKER SORE

Over the counter medications will usually provide temporary relief.  If sores persist, visit your dentist.

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