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What To Do When You Encounter A Broken Tooth

What to do when you encounter a broken tooth.

It’s all fun and games until someone breaks a tooth. If you do break a tooth you should try to see a dentist as soon as possible. Until you get into the dentists chair, there are several steps you can take to minimize the damage.

What To Do When You Encounter A Broken Tooth

  • If possible, try to save the loose piece(s) of your broken tooth.
  • Get a glass of warm water, add some salt, and use it to rinse your mouth properly.
  • If the pain is unbearable, take an over-the-counter pain relieving medication.
  • If available, get some medical gauze and apply some light pressure on the affected area for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the bleeding finally stops.
  • Get some ice and wrap it around a towel. Keep your mouth closed, and place this ice-filled towel over the area where you broke your tooth. This will help you reduce some of the pain and swelling before you see a dentist.
  • If you absolutely need to eat something, be sure to carefully eat soft foods. Refrain from biting down on anything with your broken tooth.


  • Book an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible! A dental care professional will be able to provide you with the proper treatment to dutifully repair your broken tooth.