What Should You Do if You Crack a Tooth at the Pool?

What Should You Do if You Crack a Tooth at the Pool?

You and your kids are at the pool and you’re having a blast! But then the fun comes to an abrupt halt because instead of hitting the pool when you dive in the water, you hit the side of the pool.

Fortunately (although you don’t feel very fortunate), your only injury is to a tooth. What should you do?

If your tooth is cracked

First, gently rinse your mouth to clean the area. Then, head to the best dentist in Colorado Springs, Dr. Gary Moore of Star Dental Institute, as soon as you can.

If your tooth has been knocked out

If you can get to Dr. Moore within an hour of the tooth being knocked out, there is a chance the tooth can be saved.

Before you head to the Star Dental Institute, though, take the tooth by the crown (the chewing surface), not the root. Gently rinse off the tooth, including the root, but don’t use soap or other harsh chemicals. Try to put the tooth back into the empty socket, making sure it is facing the right way.

If this doesn’t work, it is important to keep the tooth moist. Put it in a cup of milk or in a cup of water that has a pinch of salt in it. Or, you can place it in your mouth between your cheek and gums.

If your tooth is broken or chipped

Collect all the pieces that you can. Rinse them, and rinse your mouth out with warm water. See Dr. Moore at his Colorado Springs dental offices as soon as possible.

If your tooth is partially dislodged

If this happens to you, head to the dentist right away. He will need to reposition and stabilize the tooth.

If your tooth is intact but is in pain

If you have a toothache, rinse out your mouth with warm water. See your dentist as soon as possible.

You may have heard that you should place an aspirin on the gums when you have a toothache, but this can actually hurt the gums and is not recommended.

Injuries to the lips or tongue

Sometimes an injury to the lips, tongue, cheeks or gums comes along with an injury to a tooth.

If you have such an injury, clean the wound with warm salt water. Apply pressure for 20 minutes with a moistened tea bag or a piece of gauze. If the wound still won’t stop bleeding, you should head to the emergency room right away.

Help for the pain

Having any damage to a tooth can be very painful. To reduce pain and prevent swelling, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth. You can try an over-the-counter pain medication.

If you have a dental emergency or even if you are just due for a cleaning, you can trust Dr. Gary Moore, the best dentist in Colorado Springs, and the rest of the staff at the Star Dental Institute! Call (719) 597-7979 today!


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