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Dental First Aid

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Following a Head or Mouth Injury:
 

  • Calm the injured person.
  • Check to determine the type of injury.
    If serious, contact parent and arrange to take child to emergency room
  • Check for knocked out tooth.
    Find tooth and...
  • If minor bleeding:
    Apply direct pressure with sterile gauze or clean cloth
    If bleeding doesn’t stop within ten minutes, contact parent and arrange to take child to emergency room.
  • If bleeding profusely:
    Contact parent and arrange for emergency services by an emergency squad or emergency room
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ACTION PLAN
 

Knocked Out Tooth

 

  • Find tooth – do not handle it by the roots.
  • If it’s dirty, rinse tooth gently – don’t scrub or use antiseptic.
  • For permanent tooth (age 5 and older): Gently place tooth back in socket; have child hold with finger or tissue. If you can’t easily replace tooth, place tooth in glass of milk.
  • For primary or baby tooth (under age 5): Place tooth in glass of milk.
  • If milk is unavailable, wrap tooth in clean wet cloth or gauze.
  • Contact parent and arrange to TAKE CHILD AND TOOTH TO DENTIST IMMEDIATELY.

 

Loosened/Chipped Tooth
 

 

Clean the area with warm water.

  • Find the chipped portion of the tooth.
  • Avoid movement of tooth.
  • Apply cold compress to face to minimize swelling
  • Contact parent and arrange to take child and the tooth chip to dentist immediately.
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Tooth Pushed Into Gums
 

  • Wash area with warm water.
  • Do not attempt to move tooth into correct position.
  • Contact parent and arrange to take child to dentist immediately.
     

Toothache
 

 

Injury to Lips, Tongue, Cheek
 

  • Do not place aspirin on gum tissue of aching tooth (aspirin will burn tissue!)
  • Contact parent and arrange to take child to dentist as soon as possible.
  • Rinse affected area with warm water.
  • Place cold compress over area to minimize swelling.
  • If lip injury due to fall or if tooth chipped, contact parent and arrange to take child to dentist immediately (foreign matter lodged in lip may cause infection). See #2
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Broken or Dislocated Jaw
  

  • Immobilize jaw by placing a scarf, necktie, or towel under the chin and tying the ends on top of the head
  • Contact parents and arrange to take child to emergency room for examination immediately.
     
  • EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS: Arrange to have a dentist on call for weekend or evening emergencies.
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