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Emergency Dental Tips

Many of us take precautions when it comes to our health and our family’s health. We prepare for emergencies by learning CPR, and finding the location for the nearest emergency room. At Hale & Hale, DDS, we always like to instruct our patients what to do in a dental emergency. Therefore, we decided to put our emergency dental tips online, so that not only our Santa Monica dental office patients know what to do, but our visitors online can get quick tips, as well. Whether you have a bad toothache, a broken tooth, or a cut lip, learn how to deal with all these ailments.

The American Dental Association (ADA) provides emergency dental tips for a variety of situations that may arise to your, or your children. To prevent accidents, they recommend wearing a mouthguard when participating in sports, and not cutting tape with your teeth, but instead with scissors. If an emergency does occur, here are some simple solutions.


Bitten Lip or Tongue

If you accidentally bite your lip or tongue, and it is bleeding, the main thing you need to do is clean the area to avoid infection. Use a cool, moist cloth to clean, and then a cold compress to reduce swelling. Make sure the bleeding stops; if it doesn’t, seek medical attention.

Broken Tooth

If you have broken a tooth, use warm water to wash out the area immediately, and then apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. Call your Santa Monica dental office immediately to schedule an emergency dental appointment.

Jaw-Possibly Broken

If you believe that you have a broken jaw, there is not much you can do to fix it yourself. Apply a cold compress to keep swelling down. Call your dentist immediately; if a dentist cannot see you, head straight to an emergency room.

Knocked Out Tooth

If your tooth accidentally got knocked out, try to hold in its socket, if at all possible. If not, rinse the tooth in water, being careful not to remove any fragments or tissue still attached to it. Put the loose tooth in a cup of milk, and call your Santa Monica dentist as soon as possible.

Objects Caught Between Teeth

Don’t cause more damage to your teeth by using a random, sharp object to remove items stuck in between your teeth. Use dental floss to dislodge the item, and if you can’t, call your dentist.

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If you have ever had a toothache, you know that the pain can often be so severe, that you would consider going to the emergency room. If you are experiencing a toothache, clean the area, and use floss to make sure no food or other items are causing the pain. Call your dentist for a consultation on treating the pain.

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Dr. Susan Hale, DDS

Doctor Susan Hale is a Southern California Native. She attended UCLA followed by Northwestern Dental School in Chicago where she met Dr. Brent. Susan follows the quote of GV Black (the founder of modern dentistry and the first dean of her dental school,” The Professional has no right to be other than a continuous student.” She graduated from UCLA’s TMJ and Facial Pain Mini-Residency and Esthetic Professional’s Mini-Residency. She has a passion for her patients and giving them a beautiful healthy smile, In addition to loving her time with her family and friends, Dr. Susan enjoys running, yoga, cooking and now a little golf.

Dr. Brent Hale, DDS

Brent was born in Michigan and decided early on in life that dentistry suited his personal qualities, and would allow him to focus his career on things he truly enjoyed. He met Susan while they were both in dental school at Northwestern University. After graduating in 1985, the couple returned to Susan’s native Santa Monica to set up their dental partnership. They opened their first office in 1987.

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