Clean around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you apply an aspirin to the aching tooth or on the gum. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area and call the dentist as soon as possible. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen or motrin is recommended as long as you are not allergic to either.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
Apply ice to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.
Broken Braces and Wires
Remove a broken appliance only if it comes out easily. If it is lodged or painful to remove, cover any protruding edges with wax, cotton balls, gauze or chewing gum. DO NOT REMOVE any wire caught in the gums, cheek or tongue; see a dentist immediately. Emergency attention is usually not required for loose or broken appliances that cause no discomfort.
Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Get immediate dental attention.
Knocked-Out Permanent Tooth
Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root end. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing milk or water. Because time is essential, see a dentist immediately.
Possible Broken Jaw
In the event of a jaw injury, keep mouth closed by securing a towel, tie, or handkerchief around your head and under your chin. Then proceed immediately to an emergency room.
Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out
Fold a piece of gauze and tightly place it over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes; if bleeding continues, see a dentist.