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First Aid for Dental Emergencies – Pain and Swelling

This is the third part of our first aid for dental emergencies series. This time around we will talk about giving first aid for painful swelling, pericoronitis, and sudden, severe toothache. If you are interested to read the other series, go to this link for tooth dental emergency first aid and this link for prosthetics dental emergency first aid.

First Aid for Dental Emergencies – Swelling

First aid for Painful Swelling

There are several cases when someone feel painful swelling inside their mouth without knowing the reason behind them. Although it may be something harmless and can be easily treated, there are several other cases with more serious problems such as infected pocket of puss or abscess. Mix salt with warm water, and rinse your mouth thoroughly to reduce the swelling. After that, make an appointment with your dentist so that he/ she can determine the cause of the swelling.

First Aid for Pericoronitis

A Pericoronitis is basically an infection. What makes them a little tricky is the place they develop. A pericoronitis occurs in the wisdom teeth. This condition is caused by the imperfect upsurge of the wisdom teeth. The wisdom tooth clashes with the third molar, causing the infection. The pericoronitis symptoms includes bad breath, swollen gum, irritated gum tissue, etc. Overall, it is NOT a pleasant experience (I’ve had one, believe me). A pericoronitis is actually a condition that can be prevented as long as you routinely visit your dentist. But in the case where it has gone bad, the first aid for dental emergencies is to take an over-the-counter pain killer and call your dentist. You may have to do wisdom tooth extraction.

First Aid for Sudden Severe Toothache

There may be several causes for this. In most cases, there’s a food lodged between your sensitive teeth or the ones with a hole in it. The first aid for sudden severe toothache is to prepare a dental floss, and then gently remove the lodged food from your teeth. If this doesn’t solve the problem, you may want to call your dentist and ask for their opinion.

Remember, your teeth and oral health are extremely important. Some of the dental emergencies may cause permanent damage to your teeth if left untreated or you delay treating them. Remember, older people don’t grow teeth anymore, so you better take good care of them.

I hope this post about the first aid for dental emergencies Part 3 can help you. Share some comments under and don’t forget to visit the other two posts in this series.


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