First aid steps continued...
To protect a slightly loose tooth:
Teeth that are slightly loose but still in their normal position should tighten
up in 1 to 2 weeks.
- Eat a diet of soft foods for 1 to 2 weeks.
- Be gentle when you brush or floss.
- Wear a mouth guard
or face protection if you participate in sporting activities.
To remove objects or food stuck between teeth
- Use dental floss to remove objects or
food stuck between your teeth. Guide the floss carefully between your teeth and
avoid "snapping" the floss, which can cut your gums.
- Do not use
anything sharp to remove an object that is stuck between your teeth or under
To remove a very loose baby tooth in a child
- First, tilt your child's head forward and down so
that when the tooth comes out, it doesn't fall to the back of the throat,
causing your child to choke or swallow the tooth.
- Grasp the tooth
with gauze or a washcloth, and pull firmly with a twisting motion.
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home