Loose Tooth: At-Home Temporary Care Measures
These temporary measures should NOT be considered substitutes for professional dental treatment. It's imperative to visit a dentist as soon as possible for proper care.
- Avoid touching, wiggling, or trying to move the loose tooth with your tongue, fingers, or while eating.
- The more the tooth moves, the greater the risk of further damage.
- Stick to soft foods that require minimal chewing.
- Avoid biting down on the loose tooth.
- Continue brushing and flossing your teeth, but be very gentle around the loose tooth.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid further trauma.
- Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) to help keep the area clean and reduce the risk of infection.
- Take over-the-counter pain relief such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Follow the dosage instructions on the label. Avoid using any pain medication that has previously caused side effects or adverse reactions or that your doctor has advised against due to potential side effects or adverse reactions.
- If there’s swelling, apply a cold compress to the outside of your face in the affected area for 20 minutes at a time.
Avoid Hard and Sticky Foods:
- Foods that are hard, sticky, or chewy can further loosen the tooth or cause discomfort.
Avoid Smoking and Alcohol:
- These can hinder the healing process and increase the risk of infection.
Avoid DIY Repairs:
- Do not try to fix a loose tooth with over-the-counter glues or adhesives.