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How to Handle a Dental Emergency

Sports injuries, falls, and accidents can all lead to a lost filling, cap, or other dental emergencies. Here are some temporary first aid measures to hold you until you get professional treatment.


  • Step 1: Treat a bitten tongue Clean and apply a cold press to the injured area if you bit your lip or tongue.
  • TIP: Seek emergency treatment if the bleeding does not stop.
  • Step 2: Treat a broken tooth Rinse your mouth with warm water if you break a tooth. Apply a cold compress and call your dentist.
  • Step 3: Treat a broken jaw Apply a cold compress to your jaw if you think you broke it. Seek professional treatment immediately.
  • Step 4: Treat a dislodged tooth Rinse a dislodged tooth in water if it is dirty. Place it in a cup of milk and take it to your dentist.
  • Step 5: Treat a toothache Rinse your mouth with warm water if you have a toothache. Try using dental floss to remove any material caught between teeth. If the pain persists, see your dentist.
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You Will Need

  • Warm water
  • Cold compress
  • Dentist
  • Milk
  • Dental floss
  • Emergency professional (optional)

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