Taking precautions to prevent accident to your teeth and mouth can be as simple as wearing a mouth guard during recreational activities, or avoiding chewing on hard food that can crack a tooth. Accidents do happen, however, so it is best to be prepared in case of a dental emergency.
Clean the area surrounding the tooth thoroughly. Use warm salt water to clean your mouth, and floss to ensure that there is no food caught between your teeth. If pain persists, see a dentist as soon as possible.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
Clean the affected area gently with a cloth and apply a cold compress to any areas that may be bruised. If the bleeding continues more than 15 minutes, go to a hospital emergency room immediately.
Save any pieces of the tooth. Rinse your mouth with warm water and apply gauze if there is bleeding. Apply a cold compress over the injury to keep any swelling down. See your dentist as soon as possible.
Retrieve your tooth and hold it by the crown (at the top). Rinse off the root of the tooth in water if needed. Do not clean more than necessary or remove attached tissue. If possible, reinsert the tooth into the socket, but if not, put the tooth in a cup of milk and see a dentist immediately.
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