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


Published by Cindy’s Tooth Truths

Cindy Iglinski has been a Registered Dental Hygienist for over 25 years. She is the mother of two boys, Spencer and Clayton, and is the wife of her husband, David, who is her biggest fan. She has an enthusiasm for learning and loves to teach people of all ages. She has a flair for business and loves to see prosperity and success. She is an advocate of self-improvement and mentors people to be empowered through knowledge. In her spare time she enjoys playing her violin, hiking, cooking, and traveling.

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