As undesirable of a situation a chipped tooth presents, it is important to know what to do in case it ever happens to you. As this is a fairly common issue, check out this post to learn what your next step should be, should you chip a tooth:
Assess The Situation
For those who have never chipped a tooth, the situation can be quite a scary one. The first thing you should do is assess situation. Do you feel any pain? Are you bleeding? Both of these questions will help you, and your dentist know the severity of the damage.
Rinse Your Mouth
The second step is to rinse your mouth with warm salt water. Salt water has disinfecting agents that help remove bacteria and reduce the chance of developing an infection near the tooth. After rinsing, apply a cool rag to the area with light pressure, as this will ease any discomfort that you might be experiencing.
Call Your Dentist
Step three is to call your dentist immediately! It is important to see a professional to truly know how serious of a chip your tooth has endured, and to start treating the tooth and restore it as quickly as possible.
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