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PENNSYLVANIA DENTAL ASSOCIATION OFFERS DENTAL EMERGENCY TIPS FOR VACATION TRAVEL

 PENNSYLVANIA DENTAL ASSOCIATION OFFERS
 DENTAL EMERGENCY TIPS FOR VACATION TRAVEL
 HARRISBURG, Pa., June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- June marks the beginning of summer, and summer means vacation travel for millions of Americans.
 Whether you are driving the family across the United States or escaping for a week on the beach in Jamaica, packing a dental emergency kit is good protection against a spoiled vacation.
 "Dental emergencies can happen anywhere and anytime. Being prepared can make the difference between handling a dental problem and getting on with your fun, or having it ruin your plans," said Dr. Stephen L. Kondis, president of the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA). Before you leave, pack these basics: oil of cloves, aspirin or substitute, gauze, cotton, floss and paraffin.
 Here's what to do for the following dental problems:
 Toothache: Rinse your mouth well with warm water and gently floss between the teeth to remove any trapped food. Use a cold compress on the outside of the cheek if there is swelling, and take a pain reliever. Never place an aspirin directly on the tooth or gum.
 Broken Tooth: Rinse with warm water, apply cold compresses to the cheek, and get to a dentist as soon as possible.
 Knocked Out Tooth: Rinse the tooth lightly in running water, but don't scrub it, and touch it as little as possible. Put the tooth back in the socket and hold it firmly in place. If you can't re-insert the tooth, keep it in a glass or container of water or milk, to keep the nerve clean and moist. Get to a dentist within 30 minutes, if possible, to improve the chances of the tooth being saved.
 Objects Wedged Between Teeth: Gently remove the object with floss and avoid cutting the gums. Do not use a sharp instrument.
 Lost Filling: Apply oil of cloves to cotton, squeeze out the excess and place a small piece of the cotton in the cavity. Or, cover the cavity with paraffin, and take aspirin as needed.
 Bitten Tongue or Lip: Put direct pressure on the bleeding area with a clean cloth and apply a cold compress to minimize swelling. If the bleeding doesn't stop, go to a nearby hospital.
 Possible Fractured Jaw: Immobilize the jaw by any means, such as a handkerchief, necktie or towel tied around the head, and go to a hospital emergency room as quickly as possible.
 The above tips are only temporary emergency measures. Look in the Yellow Pages under dentist to find the local or state dental society's number to get a referral. Or, ask the hospital emergency room to recommend a dentist. If you're out of the country, contact the U.S. embassy or ask hotel personnel to refer you to a dentist.
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 /CONTACT: Kim Wilkinson of the PDA, 717-234-5941/ CO: Pennsylvania Dental Association ST: Pennsylvania IN: HEA SU:


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