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Although we all do our best to avoid emergencies of any kind, they can still happen. While we are good with the idea of calling 911 for medical emergencies, some people may not know what should be done in a dental emergency. Here are some dental emergency guidelines.

First, regardless of the type or severity of a dental emergency, getting to the dentist as quickly as possible is essential. Don’t put it off until it might be more convenient.

If you develop a toothache, rinse your mouth with some warm water and remove and lodged food with floss. Use a cold compress for swelling, but don’t put aspirin or another painkiller directly against the gums, since this can actually cause burning.

If you chip your tooth, try and save any fragments. Rinse your mouth and the broken pieces, and apply gauze if you are bleeding. Get to a dentist.

If you knock out a tooth, rinse the tooth off in water, holding it by the crown, or typically-visible part. Don’t touch the root. Don’t scrub it. This might sound a little macabre, but if possible, place it back in its socket without forcing it. If this can’t be done, put it in a glass of milk or water with a pinch of salt if you don’t have tooth preservation solution. Knocked-out teeth have the best chance of being saved if returned to their socket within an hour.

We hope you never have any kind of dental emergency, but if it happens, here at Best Dental Care NJ, LLC we are equipped to provide the full care you need. And don’t forget to come into our Newton, NJ, office for your regular checkup!