Kids Dental Emergencies
When a child has an accident, we know that the adrenaline is pumping and we are trained to respond quickly with care and comfort for both children and parents alike. Time is of the essence, so call the office as soon as trauma occurs to let our knowledgeable team determine if your child needs to be seen immediately.
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Below are tips on dealing with urgent dental situations. You may want to display this list on your refrigerator or store it near your emergency phone numbers for easy reference.
Broken, Chipped, or Fractured Tooth
- If your child has chipped or broken a piece off of their tooth, have them rinse their mouth with warm water, then use a cold compress to reduce swelling.
- Try to locate and save the tooth fragment that broke off.
Knocked Out Tooth
- If your child’s tooth has been knocked out of the mouth, find the tooth and rinse it with water (no soap). Place the tooth in a clean container with milk.
- If you do not have milk, have the child spit into a plastic bag and then place the tooth in the bag of spit.
- Call us immediately and/or head to the hospital. If you act quickly, it's possible to save the tooth.
- If your child has bitten their lip or tongue severely enough to cause bleeding, clean the bite gently with water and use a cold compress (a cold, wet towel or washcloth pressed firmly against the area) to reduce or avoid swelling. Give us a call to help determine how serious the bite is.
- If your child complains of a toothache, first have them point to the exact area that is bothering them.
- Use a flashlight to help inspect the area for impacted food, erupting molars, or small ulcers on the gums.
- Snap a photo of the area and give us a call and schedule an appointment.
- Occasionally, antibiotics may be prescribed if there is swelling around a tooth or facial swelling.
- If you know or suspect your child has sustained a broken jaw, use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Call our emergency number and/or head to the hospital immediately. In many cases, a broken jaw is the result of a blow to the head. Severe blows to the head can be dangerous and even life-threatening.
Tips to help your child avoid dental emergencies:
- Child-proof your house to avoid falls
- Try to have young children < 12 months seated when playing with toys or eating
- Try to avoid chewing on ice, popcorn kernels, or other hard foods
- If your child plays contact sports, have them wear a mouthguard
- Prevent toothaches with regular brushing, flossing, and visits to our office