Dental emergencies happen each day, and precautions can be taken against them, but sometimes they cannot be avoided.

Dental emergencies occur every day, but there are some precautions you can take to prevent a dental emergency.  These precautions include wearing a mouth guard when playing sports, cutting tape with scissors instead of using your teeth, and avoiding chewing ice, popcorn kernels, and hard candy.  If an accident does occur, simple steps can be taken to prevent the loss of the tooth.

If an object gets caught between teeth, try to remove the object with dental floss.  If you cannot get the object out, call your dentist.

If you crack a tooth, avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the crack occurred and contact your dentist to schedule an appointment to fix the crack.

If you break a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water and use cold compresses to keep the swelling down.  In this case, you should see your dentist immediately as well.

If your tooth is knocked out, hold the tooth by the crown.  DO NOT rinse or remove tissue.  If you can reinsert the tooth, do so and hold in place.  If not, place the tooth in a cup of milk.  In any case go to the dentist immediately with your tooth.