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May the 4th Be With You: Dental Emergencies

Updated: Aug 22, 2023

It's almost time for bike rides and having fun at the pool, but if an accident occurs it’s easy to panic—especially when teeth are involved.

To help you feel more prepared in case of a dental emergency, here are some tips:

  • If an adult (permanent) tooth is knocked-out, keep it wet. If you are able, place the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If dirt or debris is on the root, gently rinse the tooth under water and seat the tooth in the socket. If you are unable to place the tooth back in your mouth, store it in a container of milk and call your dentist immediately.

  • If you crack a tooth—gently rinse with warm salt water and ice the area to keep swelling down and call your dentist to schedule an exam.

  • If you bite your tongue or lip, gently wash it with water. You may ice if necessary.

  • For a toothache, you can take Advil or Ibuprofen to keep tooth pain at bay until you can be seen by your dentist. Do not put aspirin on the tooth or gums because this can create a tissue burn.

  • If tooth debris is lodged in the mouth, try to gently remove with floss. Avoid using any sharp or pointed instruments.

  • As always, if you experience an emergency or have a dental concern, don't hesitate to call 614-882-2249.

Simple precautions to avoid dental emergencies:

  • Wear a mouthguard when playing sports or partaking in recreational activities.

  • Do not chew ice, popcorn kernels or hard candy.

  • Do not use your teeth to open packages.

Have a Safe and Joyful Summer!

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