If your child is experiencing a dental emergency, stay calm. We are here to help.
First, comfort your child as much as possible and do whatever you can to help them stay calm. You can sing, play music, and tell stories. You can also make them comfortable by wrapping them in blankets and laying them down on pillows.
Second, call our office as soon as you can and let us know what is going on. We can help you get through the experience with a step-by-step process. If you cannot get a hold of our office or dentist, go to the nearest hospital or Urgent Care to receive treatment.
Third, until you meet with the doctor, you can do the following things to begin solving the problem:
• For a knocked-out permanent tooth: If your child has knocked out a permanent tooth, retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown, and rinse it off with warm water if it’s dirty—do not scrub it. Then, put the tooth in a cup of milk. If that’s not possible, you can put the tooth in a cup of water with a pinch of table salt. If your child has knocked out a baby tooth, you do not need to worry about it unless it has fallen out at an extremely premature time. However, if you have questions or concerns, you can always call us. We are happy to help you.
• For a broken or chipped tooth: If your child has broken or chipped their tooth, try to save as many pieces of the tooth as possible. Now, have your child rinse their mouth with clean, warm water. When they are finished rinsing, you can reduce pain and swelling by icing the area and giving your child over-the-counter pain medication.
• For a toothache: If your child has a toothache, have them rinse their mouth with warm water. Once they are done rinsing, floss each tooth and free any excess food particles that might be stuck. If this doesn’t relieve the pain, you can ice the area with a cold compress and give your child over-the-counter pain medication.
• 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 warm, damp, cloth. Then, apply pressure to the area to try and stop the bleeding. If the bleeding continues, take your child to the nearest hospital.
If you need more help, or if you have any questions, please feel free to call our office. We are happy to help you in any way we can!