The first thing many people will notice about you is your smile. Looking after our smile can make a huge difference to our confidence and the way we feel in our own skin.

Sometimes though, no matter how well we brush, floss and wash our teeth and mouth–nothing can stop something unexpected happening to us and causing our teeth to become injured or damaged in one way or another. When this case arises, we need to know exactly what to do to make it better and combat the symptoms. So here are some common issues you could have with your mouth and teeth, and how to solve them.

A Toothache

If you experience a toothache which gets worse over a time and lasts for more than an hour, you may want to make sure that there is nothing trapped underneath or in between the teeth causing the pain you feel. To do this you will want to rinse out your mouth in warm water to subdue the pain a little bit, and then use floss to delve between your teeth to check for anything pressing on the root of your tooth. If the pain doesn’t go away, you will need to call the dentist.

A Bitten Lip or Tongue

We’ve all been in that situation where we have been a little too enthusiastic when biting into that piece of pizza. If you do hurt your mouth by biting your tongue or lip, make sure you clean the area with water to get rid of any bacteria and debris. Then apply a cold compress to reduce the swelling and make sure that the pain goes away. If it doesn’t, or it keeps bleeding after 15-20 minutes, go to the hospital.

Objects Caught Between Teeth

If you get something such as a popcorn kernel stuck between your teeth or in your gum, gently pull it out with tweezers or flossand then wash your mouth. If you cannot get the object out you can contact your dentist.

Chipped or Broken Teeth

If you break your tooth, you will need to rinse your mouth with warm water and then use cold compresses to reduce the swelling in your mouth. You will need to call your emergency dentists immediately.

A Possible Broken Jaw

You will likely feel a lot of pain in your mouth and chin if you seem to have broken your jaw. You may not be able to close your jaw fully shut and this can be a huge issue. Use a cold compress to reduce the swelling and use a bandage to stabilise the jaw by tying it on the top of your head. Go to the hospital immediately to get it checked out.

Tooth problems can have simple solution but they can always have serious consequences if not properly addressed.

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