Emergency Dental Care Tips

A chipped, cracked, lost, or painful tooth can be frustrating. It can even keep you from being able to sleep, eat and function properly throughout the day. That’s why it’s so important to seek help from a dentist that you know and trust. If the issue and/or the pain is serious enough, then sedation may be required. In the end, the most important thing is to seek specialized medical attention immediately, and do what you can in the meantime.

With that in mind, here are a few tips to help you handle dental emergencies until you can get to the dentist. Rinse your mouth with warm water.  You can also use floss to remove lodged food or apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth. Save the pieces and rinse your mouth with warm water.  Apply a cold compress until you can get to the office. Rinse off the tooth, but do not scrub it.  Try to put the tooth back in place without forcing it into the socket.  If you can’t reinsert it, place the tooth in a cup of milk with a pinch of salt.  Getting to the dental office within the hour gives you the best chance of saving the tooth. Use dental floss to gently dislodge the object. You can ease tooth pain by applying a small amount of clove oil to the area with a cotton swab until you can get to the dentist.