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How to be prepared for dental emergencies that can happen to everyone

January 4, 2018
Posted By: Dr. Justin Ward
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The one thing about emergencies, including dental emergencies is that they typically happen with little or no notice. The best way you can protect yourself for such an emergency and minimise its damages is to be prepared ahead of time and to know what to do if an emergency happens. How you react in the minutes following a dental emergency may determine if you keep or lose your tooth.

Below is a look at the top dental emergencies you that you may experience anywhere and what to do.


A toothache may not sound like a dental emergency, until you have one. Pain associated with a toothache can be quite intense. It is important to clean out the area where the pain is coming from as soon as possible. Use a combination of brushing, rinsing with mouthwash and flossing to remove any debris from around your teeth and gums that may be causing the problem. Contact your dentist immediately.

Chipped or Cracked Tooth

If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, it is important to collect as many fragments of the broken tooth as possible and rinse your mouth out, being careful not to lose any pieces. You should keep the fragments in a cup of warm water and contact your dentist immediately. Be sure to take all the fragments to the dentist with you.

Knocked Out Tooth

It is possible to restore a knocked-out tooth if you can keep the tooth in good condition and get to a dental office within 60 minutes. You should rinse your mouth out with warm water. If possible try to place the tooth back into your mouth in the right direction and hold it there until you can get to the dentist. If you cannot get your tooth to fit back into the space, then place the tooth in a cup of milk or warm water with salt in it to preserve it. You also can use a cold compress to reduce swelling.

Tooth Abscess

An abscessed tooth is a sign of a serious infection in your mouth and one of the most serious dental emergencies. If you have severe swelling of your gums or cheek, it is important to contact a dentist immediately or seek out treatment at the local hospital emergency room. A medical professional can give you a shot or prescribe medication to fight the infection.


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