116 Where There Is No Dentist 2012
BLOOD IN THE MOUTH
Use wet cotton gauze to wipe away the old blood from inside the mouth.
Then you can see where it is coming from. Treat the cause of the bleeding.
IF YOU SEE:
a large red clot growing out
of a socket where you have
taken out a tooth
sore and bleeding gums
and the mouth smells bad
a red, bleeding growth
inside the cavity in a tooth
a loose tooth with bleeding
gums around it
torn gums with broken
bone and bleeding
TO STOP THE BLEEDING:
1. Remove the clot with
2. Ask the person to bite on
a piece of cotton.
1. Rinse with a mixture of
hydrogen peroxide and water.
2. Remove as much tartar as you can.
Take out the tooth; it
has an abscess.
Hold the tooth with wires, or if the
root is broken, take out the tooth.
1. With wire, hold the broken
parts of the bone together.
2. Send the person to an
experienced dental worker.
PROBLEMS AFTER YOU TAKE OUT A TOOTH
Problems such as swelling, severe pain, and bleeding can occur after you
take out a tooth. Tetanus (page 118), a more serious problem, can also
occur, especially if your instruments were not clean.
Swelling of the Face
You can expect some swelling after
you take out a tooth. But if the
swelling continues to grow, and it is
painful, this is not normal. Probably an
infection has started. The treatment
is the same as for a tooth abscess:
penicillin for 5 days to fight infection,
heat to reduce the swelling, and
aspirin or acetominophen for pain.
See page 94 for the proper doses.