This is part 1 of our monthly health series on teaching our readers how to deal with health issues.
Dental emergencies can crop up anytime. You may have to deal with a broken tooth or bear with a toothache. Thus, it would only be wise that you learn to deal with these dental emergencies beforehand.
Bitten lip or tongue
Sometimes, you may bite your lip or tongue accidently. This could result in to bleeding. In such a case, first clean the area gently. You could do so by cleaning the bleeding area first with a wet cotton swab. Once you have cleaned the area, use a cold compress. This will help reduce the swelling, if any. However, if the bleeding still does not stop, make sure that you visit your health care provider.
Rinse your mouth with warm water. This will help stop the bleeding. Apply a cold compress on the surrounding area. This will avoid swelling. Contact your dentist immediately.
Possible broken jaw
Do you suspect that your jaw has been broken or damaged due to some injury? It is recommended that you immediately apply a cold compress to avoid any kind of swelling. Visit your dentist or the nearest hospital.
Knocked off tooth
Gently hold the knocked off tooth. Hold it by the crown and rinse the root of the tooth with water. Make sure that you rinse the tooth gently. Do not rub the tooth. Also, make sure that you do not remove the attached tissue fragments. Now, gently try to insert the tooth back in its socket and press it firmly. If you are unable to insert the tooth, preserve the tooth in a cup of milk. Take the tooth along with you to the dentist. More often than not, the dentist will determine if your tooth could be saved or if you require additional treatments such as a tooth implant.
Objects stuck between the teeth
Most people make the common mistake of using sharp instruments to remove any object stuck between the teeth. However, this must be avoided as this can damage the teeth as well as gums. Use a dental floss to remove anything that may be trapped between teeth. However, if a dental floss does not seem to serve the purpose, you need to visit a dentist at the earliest.
This is one of the most common dental problems that people have to deal with. Firstly, rinse your mouth with water. Sometimes, toothache could be a result of debris trapped in the mouth. You may consider trying some home remedies such as applying ice or clove oil. Taking a painkiller will also offer relief. However, if the pain persists, make sure that you consult your dentist.
Make note that the aforementioned tips only serve as first aid. You need to seek an appropriate treatment too to treat the problem completely.