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Oral First Aid at Home

25 September 2015, Dabur Dental Team

Dental emergencies could happen to anyone, at any time. While the situation can be helpless, remember that a stitch in time saves nine! Thus, as a responsible person, it is very essential for you to be ready for any unforeseen circumstances and learn oral first aid.

Here is the first aid guide to what you can do in case of medical emergencies in dental practice arises:

  1. Mouth Sores
    White sores on the inside walls of the mouth, gums, tongue can be a result of vigorous cheek biting, tooth brushing, burns from hot foods and irritation from braces or dentures.

    For first aid for dental emergencies at home, in such cases you must:
    • Rinse it away with salt water or aloe vera juice.
    • Apply a wet, black tea bag to the ulcer. Black tea contains tannin, an astringent that has pain-relieving ability.
    • Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in half a glass of warm water and add a heaped teaspoon of a calcium-magnesium powder to it. Fill the rest of the glass with cool water and sip it for relief.
    • Coat your mouth sore with lemon balm. Although lemon juice may be the last thing you want to dab onto a painful sore, lemon balm can be soothing.
    • If the problem persists, make sure you visit a dentist at the earliest.
  3. Bitten/Cut tongue, Cheek, Lip
    If the injury involves bleeding, apply direct pressure to the bleeding area for 15 to 20 minutes using a clean washcloth. If there is a swelling, apply an ice pack to the wound. However, if the bleeding persists, rush to a hospital. If the wound requires stitches, professional medical care at the earliest is crucial in these kind of dental emergencies.
  4. Toothache
    As soon you develop a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm, salt water and use dental floss to remove unwanted food stuck in the mouth. If there is a swelling, cold compress your cheek, with an ice pack for about 20 minutes. Next, take a pain killer to relieve the discomfort. Make sure you don’t hastily consume any medication that may contain a substance you are allergic to. Seek an appointment with your dentist at the earliest. A toothache, if worsens, can be very hard to bear.
  5. Knocked out Tooth
    If possible, retrieve the tooth. Put the tooth in a cup of milk to keep it hydrated as chances are that your dentist may be able to put it back in if it does not completely dry out. See the dentist at the earliest. While giving the knocked out tooth first aid, remember not to:
    • hold the tooth by the root surface
    • scrape or rub the root surface
    • put the tooth in ice
    • rinse the tooth in water for more than 2 minutes.
First aid is always crucial in dental emergencies. So educate yourself with these basic dental care tips that might help bail you or your kid out in case such a situation ever arises. Also to ensure strong gums and teeth and avoid dental problems, brush twice daily with the best herbal toothpaste– Meswak. Maintain proper oral hygiene and choose the right toothpaste to keep all dental problems away & ensure proper dental care.

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