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First Aid tips for oral health





Use dental floss to remove any food trapped in or around the suspected tooth.

Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm water to wash away debris

If swelling is present, apply a cold compress to the outside of the cheek (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off). DO NOT USE HEAT.

Aspirin or an aspirin substitute* may be given orally to relieve pain (dosage according to weight or age). Aspirin placed directly on or near the aching tooth will cause a chemical burn to the tissue.

Oil of cloves (eugenol) may be applied with a Q-tip or swab onto affected tooth or teeth.

If a child has a toothache or other apparent dental emergency, the child's parents/caregivers should be contacted. If the child has a private dentist of record, he or she should be referred to that dentist as soon as possible.


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