Dental Emergency Tips

If there was an emergency, there is a number you’ve probably had memorized since you were very young. A professional would be on the other end of the line who could calmly help you know what you can do in a given situation. But would you know how to handle a dental emergency? A typical Emergency Room is not equip to handle a dental emergency.

Dental Emergencies

Knowing what you should do before an urgent situation arises can help you in times of crisis when stress is high. With that in mind, Dr. McKay Garrett wants to provide you with the following directions for different dental emergencies you could encounter:

Knocked Out Tooth

  • Hold it by it’s crown (the top of the tooth NOT the roots).
  • If the tooth fell on the floor or is dirty gently rinse it with salt water or milk.
  • You should NOT scrub or remove any tissue that is attached to it.
  • You can put it in a glass of milk and bring the glass with you to our dentist.


  • You can try rinsing your child’s mouth with warm water and gently flossing.
  • Cold press or heat press on the affected area.
  • If it persists, you should bring your child to come and see us.

Broken Tooth

  • Rinse your child’s mouth with warm water.
  • Use ice to reduce any swelling.
  • Bring your child to see us as soon as you can.

Bitten Lip or Tongue

  • Gently clean with a cloth and some ice.
  • After a short time if the bleeding hasn’t stopped, or is heavy, you should get your child immediate medical attention.

Emergencies while Traveling

If you are traveling and a dental emergency occurs, you can ask a local emergency room for a dental referral. If you are outside of the country, you can ask at the U.S. Embassy or your hotel’s personnel for a referral.

If you want to know more about dental emergencies, or would like to an appointment at Tooth Club For Kids, please call 602-843-1275. We are happy to help with all your dental needs.

Posted in