Knowing what to do can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Reviewing these tips before an accident occurs can help you remain calm and handle an emergency effectively.   

Knocked- Out Tooth

Hold the tooth by the crown, and gently rinse off the root of the tooth in water if it’s dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If that isn’t possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk or in any emergency tooth preservation product. The sooner you can do any of these things the better because it helps keep the small attachment fibers on the root of the tooth alive. Then get to the dentist as quickly as possible, within an hour if you can. Don’t forget to take the tooth with you !


Broken Tooth

Rinse the mouth with warm water to keep the area clean. Put cold compresses on the face to reduce swelling.  Go to the dentist immediately. 


Possible Broken Jaw

Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Go to your dentist or a hospital emergency room immediately.


Objects Caught Between Teeth 

Gently try to remove the object with dental floss. If you’re not successful, go to the dentist. Do not try to remove the object with a sharp or pointed instrument. 



Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. Use dental floss to remove any food that may be trapped between the teeth. Do not put aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues. See your dentist as soon as possible.    


Bitten Tongue or Lip

Clean the area gently with a cloth, and put cold compresses to keep swelling down. If bleeding is excessive or doesn’t stop in a short period of period of time, go to the dentist or a hospital emergency room.   


Facial Swelling

If a swelling occurs around a tooth or gums, it is a result of infection. Do not insert any objects or play with it. Use salt water Gargles.  Contact your dentist or hospital. If a facial swelling occurs. Hot fomentation is contraindicated. Contact the nearest hospital or doctor immediately, Delaying it can cause spread of infection and maybe more serious complications.  


If a dental emergency happens while travelling !

Look in the Yellow Pages under “dentist” to find the state or local dental society phone number to get a referral. Ask the hospital to recommend a dentist. Ask hotel personnel to refer you to a dentist