Dentist emergency: How to avoid one during the coronavirus outbreak – tips from an expert

Dr Marques said: “Whilst we appreciate that the urgent dental care centres being opened by the government, it has been a very slow process leaving some patients without vital and urgent dental care.”

Following the recent news story of a man who pulled out his own tooth, Dr Marques has given his tips and advice on the following things you can do at home should a tooth get knocked out or become chipped.

Dr Marques’ tips include:

• If your tooth is knocked out, place it in a glass of milk until it can be treated (the milk helps keep an acid-alkali ratio meaning the tooth won’t swell)

• Dab a small amount of clove oil on the affected area to help reduce pain

• Take paracetamol (or if safe to do so, ibuprofen) to help reduce the immediate pain

• Hold an ice pack (or a pack of frozen veg) on areas of swelling

• Dissolve salt in warm water and rinse thoroughly for 60 seconds to help remove bacteria and clear infection

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