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Replacing Toothbrush
A toothbrush should be replaced every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed. A worn toothbrush does not do a good job of cleaning your teeth.

Knocked Out Tooth
Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse off the root of the tooth in water if it’s dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If that isn’t possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk and get to the dentist as quickly as possible. Remember to take the tooth with you.

Broken Tooth 
Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Use cold compresses on the area to keep any swelling down. Call your dentist immediately.

Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss or an interdental cleaner to ensure that there is no food or other debris caught between the teeth. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. If the pain persists, contact your dentist.

Jaw-Possibly Broken 
Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Go to your dentist or a hospital emergency department immediately.

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