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Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.


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How to Deal with the Aftermath of a Broken Tooth

by Myrtle Banks

There are a number of reasons why a tooth can break off, either partially or in its entirety. A hard-enough smack to the mouth can do it, and if you were involved in an accident that involved blunt force trauma, a broken tooth might be something you have to deal with. It might not always be so violent either. There might have been a cavity you meant to see your dentist about. It could have developed further without being obvious, and then you lose a tooth while eating something as soft and seemingly safe as a poached egg.

Obviously you need to get to the dentist when a tooth breaks off as soon as possible to discuss your options for replacement or repair. But what about when the breakage is accompanied by excessive bleeding? It can be extremely unsettling to know that you're bleeding profusely in your mouth. You will probably be able to feel it, and it's likely that you'll be tasting the blood as well. In this instance, you will need to find an emergency dentist for immediate treatment. Still, there are a few things you can do yourself to slow the bleeding (or at least to lessen its effects) immediately following the breakage.


Since you will need to examine the site of the bleeding, please wash your hands thoroughly. You will also want to get a clear look at the site, so it can be helpful to gently rinse your mouth to remove any accumulated blood. OK, so now you can gauge the extent of the damage, but how can you slow that bleeding?


Do you have any medical (sterile) gauze at home? A small wad placed over the site can help to slow the bleeding. It will also absorb blood, so you won't have to deal with that unpleasant taste either. The gauze can be held in place by applying very gentle pressure to the outside of your cheek.


Don't have any gauze? No problem. Chances are that you will have some tea bags at home. Standard black tea is best. Soak one in warm water for a few minutes and apply it to the site. Like the gauze, the tea will absorb blood, and the tannins contained in the tea can assist with clotting, helping the site to heal. Of course, this is not a substitute for dental treatment.

Pain Relief

If the bleeding is accompanied by pain, then by all means you can take an over-the-counter form of pain relief. Something like ibuprofen is ideal as in addition to pain relief; the anti-inflammatory action will help to minimise any swelling that might accompany the breakage.

A broken, bleeding tooth requires rapid emergency dental treatment. While you shouldn't delay, you can at least slow the bleeding and minimise discomfort in the immediate aftermath of the breakage.