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 Health Hint #335
What to Do for Toothaches and Other Dental Emergencies
 
 
Excerpted from "A Year of Health Hints"
365 Practical Ways to Feel Better and Live Longer



Any swelling, pain, or bleeding in the mouth or jaw are often signs of serious trouble. A toothache, fractured jaw, broken or knocked out tooth constitutes a dental emergency. You should see a dentist as soon as possible. Follow these guidelines until you get help.

For a toothache:

To reduce discomfort, take aspirin or other mild pain reliever.
Never place a crushed aspirin on the tooth. Aspirin burns the gums and destroys tooth enamel.
See a dentist even if the pain subsides.

For an abscess (infection with pain and swelling), take a mild pain reliever, like regular-strength aspirin or acetaminophen, and contact your dentist immediately so he or she can prescribe an antibiotic for you.

For a broken, loose, or missing tooth:

To reduce swelling, apply a cold compress to the area.
Save any broken tooth fragments, and take them to the dentist.

If your tooth has been knocked out:

Rinse the tooth with clear water.
If possible (and if you're alert), gently put it back in the socket or hold it under your tongue.
Otherwise, put the tooth in a glass of milk.
Try to get to a dentist within 30 minutes of the accident.

For a fractured jaw:

To secure the jaw, close your mouth and secure the jaw with a necktie, towel, or scarf tied around
your head and chin.
To reduce pain and swelling, hold an ice pack against the fractured bone.
Go to a dentist or hospital emergency room immediately.

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