Dislocated Jaw Treatment Tips

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Resetting the jaw is the first thing to do when helping a victim with a dislocated jaw joint. Be prepared for emergency situations such as this with tips and advice from a 30-year emergency veteran in this free video on treatments.

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You know, many injuries occur throughout everyday life. Hi, I'm Captain Joe Bruni, and what I'm going to talk about is how to reduce a dislocated jaw. A dislocated jaw or any dislocation of any type can be a very painful and traumatic experience. First, calm the person down who has experienced a dislocated jaw. Then, make preparations to set the jaw back in place if at all possible. The person must be cooperative for this to occur. One of the first things that can be done is to wear latex gloves by the user to prevent the transmission of some type of disease. Also, it would be advisable for the person that is going to do the reduction to wrap the thumbs in some type of padding. Things such as gauze or cling will work. A reach inside of the injured person's mouth, placing the thumbs on the back molars, and pressing down with a great deal of force should get the jaw back into alignment. Keep in mind; this will help also reduce the chance of a muscle spasm occurring from the dislocation. It's also possible that the person who has dislocated a jaw has also experienced some type of fracture. If a fracture is suspected after the reduction of the jaw is put back in place, a trip to a physician may absolutely be necessary. I'm Captain Joe Bruni. Stay safe, and we'll see ya' next time.

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