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Ouch! My tooth hurts!

Something happened!  What do I do?
Help! I've got a Dental Emergency I've got a bad toothache!

Rinse your mouth vigorously with water to dislodge trapped food or debris.  DO NOT place heat or aspirin on your gums or on the aching tooth.  Apply a cold compress or ice wrapped in a cloth.  Call your dentist and visit the office promptly.
Note:  The tips on the these pages follow the guidelines set out by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and have been reviewed and approved by a licensed, qualified dentist.  Even so, sometimes opinions may differ on the best thing to do in an emergency situation, so check with your regular dentist for more guidance.  You should always consult your local dentist concerning specific treatment questions and options.

Don't have a regular dentist?  If it's a real emergency, you can always go to the nearest hospital.  They'll most likely have a dentist they can call to come in and help.

In the United States, call the American Dental Association (312-440-2617; www.ada.org) or the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (312-337-2169; www.aapd.org) for an accredited pediatric dentist in your area.

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