If you witness someone loosening or cracking a tooth during a seizure, your first aid may mean that their tooth can be saved.
Although most people do not hurt themselves during a seizure, sometimes seizures can cause injuries. If someone falls in a seizure they may loosen or crack a tooth. In this case they will probably need to see a dentist quickly so that the tooth can be repositioned or repaired.
If you feel confident to help, your quick action may mean that the tooth can be saved and replaced. Only do this if the person is otherwise well enough after the seizure.
What you can do to help
- Try and find the tooth. Pick it up by the crown and do not touch the root.
- If the tooth is dirty, clean it by rinsing it in milk or running it under water. Do not scrub it.
- Put the tooth back into the socket as quickly as possible.
- Ask the person to bite down on a clean tissue or handkerchief to keep the tooth in place.
- The person should see a dentist as soon as possible.
- If you are not able to put the tooth back in its socket, keep it wet either by putting it in some milk or the person could keep it in their mouth (for example between their cheek and gum).
See further information and advice on oral health from the British Dental Health Foundation (opens new window).
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