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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.
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.
Did You Know?
Male llamas get their canines, also known as “fighting teeth,” between 2 and 3 years of age, and female llamas get theirs between 4 and 5 years of age.