Dental emergencies can be scary and traumatic, especially for children. If your child ever goes through a dental emergency, stay calm. Everything will be ok.
First, call our office as soon as possible and tell us what is going on. We will give you the tips you need to get through this experience easily and successfully. If you cannot get a hold of us, take your child to the nearest Urgent Care or hospital.
Second, do everything you can to keep your child calm. You can sing to them, make them comfortable with blankets and pillows, tell them stories, or play music for them.
Third, until you meet with the dentist or doctor, please do the following things to begin solving the problem:
• For a knocked-out tooth: First, retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown (which is the portion of the tooth that was visible when it was still in the mouth), and rinse it with warm water if it’s dirty. Please do not scrub the tooth. Then, put the tooth in a cup of milk or in a cup of water with a pinch of table salt. If your child has knocked out a baby tooth, this is not necessarily a dental emergency. However, if you have questions or concerns, you can call us and we will be happy to help you.
• For a chipped or broken tooth: If your child has chipped or broken their tooth, try to save as many pieces of the tooth as possible. Next, rinse their mouth with clean, warm water. To relieve pain and reduce swelling, ice the area and give your child over-the-counter pain medication.
• For a toothache: First, try and relieve the toothache by having your child rinse their mouth with warm water. Then, floss between each tooth and free any excess food substances that might be stuck. If this does not abolish the toothache, the tooth might be decayed. Until your child sees the dentist, give them over-the-counter pain medication to relieve the pain.
• For a bitten or cut tongue, lip, or cheek: If your child has bitten or cut their tongue, lip, or cheek, you can clean the blood with a damp, warm cloth. Then, apply pressure to the area to stop the bleeding. If the bleeding continues, take your child to the nearest hospital.
If you would like more tips about what to do during a dental emergency, we invite you to call our office today. We are more than happy to help you and your child!