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First Aid for Dental Emergencies

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Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
Apply ice to bruised areas. If there is bleeding apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, take the child to a hospital emergency room.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the top (crown), not the root portion. You may rinse the tooth, but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Try to reinsert it into its socket. Have the child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean gauze or cloth. If you
cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing milk or water. Call your child’s dentist immediately! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.

Clean the area around the sore tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm salt water or use dental floss to dislodge trapped food or debris. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. If face is swollen, apply a cold compress and call your child’s dentist as soon as possible.

Broken Tooth
Rinse dirt from the injured area with warm water. Place cold compresses over the face in the area of the injury. Locate and save any broken tooth fragments. Call your child’s dentist immediately.

Other Emergency Conditions
Possible Broken Jaw: If a fractured jaw is suspected, try to keep the jaw from moving by using a towel, tie or handkerchief. Take the child to the nearest hospital emergency room.

Bleeding After Baby Tooth Falls Out: Fold and pack a clean gauze or cloth over the bleeding area. Have the child bite on the gauze with pressure for 15 minutes. This may be repeated once. If bleeding persists, call your child’s dentist.

Cold/Canker Sores: Many children occasionally suffer from cold or canker sores. Usually over-the-counter medicines can give relief. Because some serious diseases may begin as sores, it is important to call your child’s dentist if these sores persist.

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