First Aid for Dental Problems

 

  • Toothache can be a forewarning to a possible abscessed tooth. Take pain medication and call your dentist. Do not place aspirin directly on teeth or gums.
  • Cracked Fillings or Tooth If painful, take medication. Call your dentist as soon as possible to have the tooth repaired; if not, it will only get worse.
  • Bleeding Gums can be an early warning to gum disease. Brush and floss thoroughly and rinse with warm salt water. Consult your dentist.
  • Wisdom Tooth Pain Take pain medication. Rinse with warm salt water. Consult your dentist about this recurring problem.
  • Canker Sore – This condition usually heals on its own within 7-10 days. Consult your dentist for proper diagnosis and symptomatic relief.
  • Loose Crown – Do not use any type of glue to recement the crown back on the tooth. This could cause pain and damage to the tooth and gums. See your dentist immediately.
  • Gum Boil – If painful, take medication. Rinse 4 times a day with warm salt water. This is a sign of an abscess (infection); this problem will not solve itself. Call your dentist.
  • Chipped Baby Tooth – If painful, give the pain medicine of your choice. If you notice swelling, place cold packs over that area. Call your dentist.
  • Broken Denture or Partial Do not attempt to repair the plate yourself; this will almost always make things worse. Save all broken pieces and see your dentist.
  • Knocked Out Tooth – If you have the tooth, there is a good chance it can be reimplanted. Rinse tooth gently and if not too painful, try to insert it back into the tooth socket and see your dentist immediately. Or rinse tooth gently and place it in your mouth or in a glass of milk and immediately go to your dentist.