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First Aid tips for oral health



Tooth Eruption Pain


Try to determine if the pain is from a loose primary (baby) tooth pinching the gum tissue or due to an erupting permanent tooth.

Prolonged pain (over one week) is unusual and may be caused by inflammation around an impacted or partially impacted tooth. This periodic, prolonged pain is fairly common with eruption of first permanent molars and third molars, or wisdom teeth. A dentist should be consulted for definitive diagnosis.

An aspirin or aspirin substitute* can be given for the temporary relief of pain in dosages according to weight or age. (Aspirin placed directly on the affected area will cause a chemical burn to the tissue.)

A cold compress or a piece of ice wrapped in a 2 x 2 gauze square can be directly applied to the eruption site. Due to the numbing effect of the cold, this method can provide temporary relief - 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off.

If the pain persists, contact the parent/caregiver and recommend a dentist be consulted.


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