Dental Emergency 101

Do you know what to do for the following dental scenarios?
• Broken Tooth
• Knocked Out Tooth
• Toothache
• Canker Sore
• Object stuck between teeth
Luckily for you, the awesome dental team at Foster Dental Care does! They have put together this handy dandy guide to help you through any unwanted dental situation.

BROKEN TOOTH
Do: gently clean injured area with warm water.
Do: use a cold compress on your face near the broken tooth to reduce swelling.
Do: contact Foster Dental Care to mend your broken tooth.
Do not: attempt to superglue the broken piece of tooth back in place. Superglue has dangerous toxins that can harm you and your tooth.
If you cannot get to a dentist right away, Foster Dental Care recommends taking ibuprofen (as cleared by a physician) for pain.

What a knockout!


KNOCKED OUT TOOTH
Do: gently rinse your tooth under running water – only if the tooth is visibly dirty.
Do not: scrub the tooth when rinsing.
Do not: hold the tooth by the root when gently rinsing, rather hold it by the ‘tooth’. The tooth should be handled as little as possible.
Do: place tooth in a glass of milk. If milk is not available, you can hold the tooth inside your cheek.
Do: apply a clean cloth to bleeding area using direct pressure.
Do: use a cold compress on your face near the area missing a tooth to reduce swelling.
Do: contact Foster Dental care to fix the missing tooth – immediately.
Do not: forget to take your tooth with you to your dental appointment.
If you cannot get to a dentist right away, Foster Dental Care recommends taking ibuprofen (as cleared by a physician) for pain.

Toothache? Call your dentist!

TOOTHACHE
Do: have regular cleanings to prevent toothaches.
Do: use a cold compress on your face near the pained tooth to reduce swelling.
Do: rinse your mouth with warm water.
Do: floss*. There might be food particles between your teeth causing discomfort.
Do: contact Foster Dental care to fix your toothache.
If you cannot get to a dentist right away, Foster Dental Care recommends taking ibuprofen (as cleared by a physician) for pain.

CANKER SORE
Do: avoid consuming acidic foods like tomatoes and orange juice.
Do: apply soothing gels to area (Colgate’s Orabase, for example).
Note that canker sores generally go away after 7-10 days

Get rid of stubborn foods caught between your teeth!

*OBJECT STUCK BETWEEN YOUR TEETH
When snacking on delicious foods like popcorn, you run the risk of getting food particles stuck between your teeth. When that happens:
Do: use dental floss to remove the object. Tie a tiny knot in your floss and run floss back and forth between the teeth in question.
Do not: use a sharp object to remove the item.
Do: contact Foster Dental Care, or your local dentist, if you cannot get the item out with floss.

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About fosterdentalcare

A Blue Springs tradition with over 30 years dental experience, the team at Foster Dental Care is dedicated to comfort and prompt attention while creating healthy, beautiful smiles and building lasting relationships with our patients. It is our goal to make you feel satisfied with your smile.
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