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Ouch! My tooth hurts!

Something happened!  What do I do?
Help! I've got a Dental Emergency Oh No!  I broke a tooth!

Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment in the future.  Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling.  If you can find the broken tooth fragment, bring it with you to the dentist.  Keep any fragments moist in cool water or milk.  Call your dentist and go in right away!
Note:  The tips on the these pages follow the guidelines set out by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and have been reviewed and approved by a licensed, qualified dentist.  Even so, sometimes opinions may differ on the best thing to do in an emergency situation, so check with your regular dentist for more guidance.  You should always consult your local dentist concerning specific treatment questions and options.

Don't have a regular dentist?  If it's a real emergency, you can always go to the nearest hospital.  They'll most likely have a dentist they can call to come in and help.

In the United States, call the American Dental Association (312-440-2617; www.ada.org) or the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (312-337-2169; www.aapd.org) for an accredited pediatric dentist in your area.

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