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Injuries, accidents and emergencies can happen to your mouth just like any other part of the body. If a dental emergency strikes your household, it’s important to act fast but also keep calm. If you or your child suffers from a cracked or fractured tooth, you should contact our office immediately.

If you are experiencing pain in the tooth, you should see a dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, there are a few steps you can take to manage the problem.

You can try to rinse the area of your mouth with lukewarm salt water. This will help remove food particles and debris from the area, which will relieve the gums.

You can also place a cold compress on that side of your face. To make a cold compress, simply place ice in a zip-lock bag wrapped in a washcloth or tea towel. You can then hold it to your face for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Try not to hold it to your face for longer than 20 minutes as the cold can also irritate and harm your skin.

Deep breathing can also help lower your blood pressure and reduce anxiety, which can heighten pain.

If you or your child has a cracked or chipped tooth, you should call us immediately at 760.729.5964 to schedule an appointment.