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Knowing what to do for a dental emergency could make the difference in saving versus losing a tooth. If you have a knocked-out adult tooth, it needs to be kept moist. Call the dentist for emergency care and then follow these steps. Place it back into the socket without touching its roots. If you can’t, hold it in your mouth between your cheek and gums or in a small, shallow container of milk or tooth preservation product.

If you cracked a tooth or wound to your tongue, use warm water to rinse it. Use a cold compress applied to your face for reduction of swelling. For achy teeth, rinse with warm water. Carefully use dental floss to remove any stuck food. You can take action to avoid injuries to the mouth and teeth. Use mouthguards for sports. Avoid chewing hard things such as ice to prevent cracking a tooth.