Teeth: First Aid For Emergencies At Home-Part A
As we all know, there plenty of emergencies or accidents that can happen, especially when it comes to children. That's why we have prepared a list of how you should react to each of them until you go to the dentist.
The most common causes of toothache are inflammation of the nerve or its necrosis due to problems such as too many fillings, deep cavities, and poor prosthetic work.
Although you should book an appointment with your dentist immediately, in the meantime you can treat the pain at home by:
• Removing any food debris from the sore area
• Applying cold compresses
• Washing your mouth with lukewarm water
• Taking a painkiller (for adults)
Bleeding after tooth extraction
Using a clean gauze, create a tangle thick enough so that when you place it at the point of extraction and close it with the upper or lower teeth, you will feel pressure on the area. Keep the gauze under pressure for 30-45 minutes without changing it. If necessary, you can repeat it. But if the bleeding continues, then you should contact your dentist.
A broken tooth is often the result of an injury, the use of teeth as a cutting tool, or chronic clenching or grinding of the teeth overnight.
No matter what the cause of the broken tooth is, you should see your dentist immediately so that no further problems arise. In the meantime, you can take some painkiller (for adults).
In the case of clenching or grinding your teeth overnight, besides treating the broken tooth, the construction of a mouthguard by your dentist is required immediately. You will need to wear the mouthguard every night to protect your teeth from further damage.
Tooth loss due to an accident
If a tooth falls out on the ground due to a blow, you should rinse it very gently to remove any dirt, using cold water or milk. Then put it back in place and hold it with light pressure until you visit the dentist who will attempt to stabilize it.
If you cannot put the tooth in place, put it in saline solution. Or at best, keep it in your mouth in contact with saliva.If the reposition and fixation of the tooth by the dentist is completed within 40 minutes, then the prognosis is very good.
In all the above cases, you should visit your dentist immediately. For more information or appointments, you can visit our email address www.smaltoclinic.com or call our friendly reception team on 22 112 112.
Read more about dental emergencies and how to treat them at home at part two of the article