Children’s Dental Emergency
If your child is facing a dental emergency, give us a call immediately. We will always be here to assist you when your child’s dental health is at risk. Below you will find tips on dealing with dental situations. We advise to display this list on your fridge or anywhere where reference will be easy.
Lip or Tongue Bite
If you see that your child has bitten their lip or tongue enough to cause bleeding, clean the bite with water and use a cold, wet towel to reduce or avoid swelling. Then give us a call to determine how serious the bite is.
Object Caught in Teeth
If your child has something caught in between their teeth, use dental floss to gently remove it. It is important to note to never use metal, plastic, or a sharp tool to remove a stuck object. If you’re unable to remove the item, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Broken, Chipped, or Fractured Tooth
If your child has chipped or broken a piece of their tooth, have them rinse their mouth in warm water, then use a cold towel to reduce swelling. If possible, try to find and preserve the tooth fragment that fell off. Call us immediately.
Knocked Out Tooth
If your child’s tooth has been knocked out of their mouth, be sure to rinse the tooth with water (no soap). Secondly, place the tooth in a clean container with milk. Call us immediately and head to the hospital. If this is done in a timely manner, it is still possible to save the tooth.
If your child has a loose tooth, the best option is to have the tooth removed in order to avoid it being inhaled or swallowed.
If your child complains of having a toothache, have them rinse their mouth with warm water and inspect their mouth afterwards to make sure they don’t have anything stuck in between their teeth. If the pain lingers, apply a cold towel to the affected area to ease the pain. Make sure to not apply any heat or pain reliever directly to the affected area, doing so may cause damage to the gums. Children’s pain relievers are taken orally. Call us to make an appointment immediately.
If you know or suspect that your child has a broken jaw, be sure to apply a cold towel onto the affected area to reduce swelling. Head to the hospital immediately. In most cases, a broken jaw is caused by a blow to the head. Severe blows to the head may even be life-threatening.
You can prevent your child from having dental emergencies or any type of emergencies by making your house child-proof to falls. Don’t let your child chew on ice, popcorn kernels, or other hard foods. If your child plays contact sports, have them wear a mouthguard. You can ask us to create a custom mouthguard for your child. Lastly, you can prevent any toothaches with regular brushing, flossing, and routine visits to the dentist.