WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY

In Case of a dental injury:

  • Keep calm and always be reassuring to an injured child.

  • Stop or control any bleeding by applying pressure.

  • If the injured person is a child and a parent or guardian is not present, notify them immediately.

  • See a dental professional to check the tooth or injured area.


Toothache

  • Rinse out mouth with warm water

  • Use dental floss to remove any food trapped between teeth

  • For swelling, place cold compresses on the outside of the cheek.

  • Do not use heat or place aspirin on an aching tooth or gum tissue

  • See a dental professional as soon as possible


Object Wedged Between Teeth

  • Try to remove object with dental floss. Guide the floss carefully to avoid cutting gums

  • If you can’t remove the object, see a dental professional as soon as possible

  • Do not try to remove the object with a sharp or pointed instrument

 

Knocked-Out Tooth

  • Bring the person and the tooth to a dental professional immediately

  • Place the tooth in a container of milk, salt water or the person’s own saliva. If these are not available, then use plain water
    If you are unable to get to a dental professional immediately:

  • Gently rinse the tooth in warm water. Do not touch the root

  • For a Permanent Tooth: Carefully insert the tooth back into place

  • For a Baby Tooth: Do not try to pack a baby tooth back in the socket.

  • Place it in cold milk or water and bring it with you to the dentist

  • See a dental professional as soon as possible


Broken Tooth

  • Gently clean dirt or debris from the injured area with warm water

  • Place cold compresses on the face, in the area of the injured tooth, to reduce swelling

  • Apply direct pressure to any bleeding areas with a clean cloth

  • Go to a dental professional immediately


Bitten Lip or Tongue

  • Apply direct pressure to the bleeding area with a clean cloth

  • If there is swelling, apply cold compresses

  • If bleeding continues and can’t be stopped, go to the hospital emergency room.