Is your child experiencing a dental emergency? If so, we are happy to help you get through this trauma with ease and success!
First, remain calm. If you can, do everything possible to keep your child calm as well. You can try singing to your child, playing music for your child, making your child comfortable with blankets and pillows, and telling your child stories. Do whatever you can to help your child stay calm and worry free.
Second, call our office immediately and let us know what is going on. If you cannot get a hold of our office or dentist, you can take your child to the nearest hospital or Urgent Care for treatment.
Third, until you see the dentist or medical professional, please do the following things:
• For a broken tooth: If your child has broken their tooth, try to save as many pieces as possible. Then, to relieve pain and reduce swelling, you can place a cold compress outside the affected area. If you can, clean the tooth and mouth with clean, warm water.
• For a knocked-out permanent tooth: If your child has knocked out their permanent tooth, retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown, and rinse it with warm water if it’s dirty—do not scrub it. Next, put the tooth in a cup of milk, in a glass of water with a pinch of table salt, or in a cup of liquid that promotes cell growth. If your child has knocked out a baby tooth, this usually is not a dental emergency. However, you can always call us if you have questions and concerns and we will be happy to help you.
• For a toothache: If your child has severe tooth pain, have them rinse their mouth with warm water. After the mouth is washed, floss between each tooth and free any excess food particles that might be stuck. If this does not relieve the pain, the tooth might be decayed. Until your child’s dental appointment with us, you can have them take over-the-counter pain medication to relieve the pain. Please do not put the medication directly against the gums around the tooth that is aching.
• For a bitten or cut tongue, lip, or cheek: If your child has bitten or cut their tongue, lip, or cheek, clean the blood with a damp cloth. Then, apply pressure to the area and ice it to reduce swelling and bleeding. If it continues to bleed, go to the nearest hospital.
If you need additional help, please call our office. We are more than happy to help you and your child get through this traumatic experience carefully and successfully!