Caring for your teeth and gums

Regular check ups, good oral hygiene and having a good diet will decrease the risk of tooth decay, tooth loss and gum disease. GMHBA Dental Care has a focus on prevention and will provide you with education ways you can improve your oral health.

Emergency dental care

What to do in an emergency:

Pain or swelling

  • In many cases, facial swelling can be serious and you should not delay seeking medical attention from a Doctor or Dentist. Out of hours, please contact the Urgent Care Centre (Emergency) at Portland hospital.
  • Severe pains or aches require dental attention to treat the cause of the pain, rather than masking with over the counter remedies. Contact us to arrange next available appointment.

Tooth knocked out

Remain calm and act quickly.

  • Carefully find the tooth and only handle it by the crown (the part you bite with, not the root)
  • If the root is dirty and the patient is calm, they can gently suck the tooth clean. Alternatively rinse the tooth in milk or very briefly in water.
  • Immediately replant the tooth in the socket the correct way. Time is critical and delays should be avoided.
  • If you are unable to replant the tooth, keep the tooth moist in milk, seal in milk, or keep inside the patient’s mouth next to the cheek.
  • Seek urgent medical attention as timing is critical for teeth.


If you have any injuries that have caused bleeding, apply pressure directly to the injured area with a clean cloth to control the flow. If bleeding down not stop within 15 minutes, contact us. If out of hours, visit a doctor or emergency room.

After hours, weekends and public holidays

Contact Portland Hospital – Urgent Care Centre

Portland District Health
Bentinck Street, Portland VIC 3305
Ph: (03) 5521 0333