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First Aid tips for oral health



Broken or Displaced Teeth


Try to clean the soil, blood and other debris from the injured patient's face with a sterile gauze square or cotton swab moistened with warm water or hydrogen peroxide.
Apply a cold compress on the cheek next to the injured tooth to reduce swelling.
Have the patient gently bite teeth together. Check for displacement of teeth. If possible, gently move the displaced tooth or teeth into their correct position.
If the tooth has been pushed into the socket or gum by the blow, DO NOT attempt to pull it out into position.
If the broken tooth has created a sharp edge, it may be covered with paraffin (wax), or chewing gum to prevent tissue lacerations.
An aspirin or aspirin substitute* may be given for pain (dosages according to weight or age).
Contact the parent/caregiver and arrange to have the patient taken to the dentist AS SOON AS POSSIBLE for any of the above problems.


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