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Dental Emergencies

I just created this document for an emergency preparedness fair and thought I would share: Dental Emergencies

Dental First Aid

Tooth Sensitivity


  • tooth is sensitive to cold

  • tooth may be sensitive to sweets

  • rubbing/scraping a fingernail on the side causes pain


  • put pea sized amount of sensitive toothpaste like Sensodyne on finger, rub vigorously on the side of the sensitive tooth for 20 seconds, repeat daily until sensitivity goes away.

  • If sensitivity doesn't go away after one week, CALL THE DENTIST

Tooth Abcess


  • tooth is sensitive to hot

  • throbbing

  • pressure

  • swelling

  • fever/swollen glands



  • rub tissue around sore tooth with clove oil

  • place a moist warm black tea bag in mouth around sore tooth and bite gently, leave in for 15-20 minutes

  • place cold compress on cheek for 15 minutes

  • take anti-inflammatory med, like Ibuprophen

  • take 1 T. oil (coconut, olive, grapeseed, etc.) and swish in mouth for 20 minutes



  • drooling

  • fever

  • irritability

  • chewing on things

  • red swollen gums


  • give them cold things to gnaw on (teething ring that's been in the freezer, otter pop, gogurt, etc.)

  • put 1 drop lavender or Roman Chamomile oil on finger and rub on sore gums; repeat as needed

  • give children's Motrin or Tylenol, especially if a fever

Broken or chipped tooth


  • save the pieces that chipped and rinse them off.

  • rinse out mouth using warm water.

  • Stop any bleeding by applying or biting on gauze.

  • apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth near the chipped tooth if you’re experiencing any swelling.

  • Put super glue on the area that was chipped if getting extreme sensitivity.


Orthodontic Wire


  • Put parafen wax or chewing gum on the end of the wire

  • bend the wire down with needle nose pliers so it doesn't poke into the cheek

  • use a fingernail file to smooth off the end of the wire

  • DO NOT TRY TO CLIP WIRE, the chance of cutting the cheek or lip is very high


Knocked Out Tooth


  • Hold the tooth by the crown (the part that’s exposed in the mouth) and not the root.

  • Do not scrub the tooth or remove any attached tissue fragments, rinse gently only if needed

  • If at all possible and without forcing it into place, try to put the tooth back into place, making sure it’s facing the right way.

  • If you can’t reinsert the tooth, place the knocked-out tooth in a cup of water with a pinch of salt or in a container of milk.

  • If tooth is not completely knocked-out, leave where it's at and get professional help.


Lost Crown

  • Dab a Q-tip into clove oil and rub on area of lost filling or crown if sensitive

  • Put sugarless chewing gum in space of lost filling

  • for a lost crown, place a dab of toothpaste or vaseline inside the crown and put back into mouth. Make sure it's on the right way, and gently bite down to secure.




  • floss between teeth to see if any food is caught

  • rinse with salt/water (8 oz. Glass warm water + 1 t. salt)

  • apply clove oil on gum next to tooth; rub oil on floss and floss between the teeth

  • take Ibuprophen as needed for pain, do not put aspirin in the mouth next to the tooth

  • If persists more than 48 hours, CALL THE DENTIST

Complications after tooth pulled


  • if bleeding persists, apply direct pressure with gauze until it stops

  • do not rinse or spit, especially don't rinse with Listerine or any mouthwash

  • apply clove oil with Q-tip or put a drop directly on extraction site

  • bite on a warm, moist black tea bag on extraction site

  • Take Ibuprophen as needed for pain

  • If pain or bleeding persist more than 48 hours, CALL THE DENTIST

Mudrow Family Dental/Dr. Kevin Mudrow

333 S. Woodruff

Idaho Falls, Idaho 83401

(208) 524-2036


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