Dental emergencies seem to happen during the busiest times of the year and with the holidays quickly approaching, it’s a good idea to keep your nearest Smile Generation®-trusted pediatric dentist’s number on hand. Little mouths are known to get into dental accidents, which may include broken teeth, loose appliances, cuts in the mouth and more. Here are some tips on what to do in case your child experiences a dental emergency. However, the most important thing to do is to remain calm and call your nearest My Kids’ Dentist & Orthodontics office as soon as possible.
Bleeding After A Baby Tooth Falls Out
Fold and pack a clean gauze or cloth over the bleeding area. Have your child bite on the same gauze with pressure for 15 minutes. Repeat once. If bleeding persists, take your child to see the pediatric dentist.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
Time is of the essence in this situation. Find the tooth as quickly as possible, being careful not to touch the root, and try to place it back in your child’s mouth if possible. If that doesn’t work, place the tooth in milk or water and immediately visit your nearest pediatric dentist. The tooth must be re-implanted within 60 minutes.
Place a cold compress over the face where the injury is present. Locate and save any broken tooth fragments and put them in milk or water to keep them moist. Contact a My Kids’ Dentist & Orthodontics office in your area for an emergency visit.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
Apply ice to bruised areas. Apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean gauze or cloth if bleeding occurs. If the bleeding has not stopped after 15 minutes or if you cannot control the bleeding by applying pressure, take your child to a hospital emergency room.
Cold or Canker Sores
Take over-the-counter medicine for cold or canker sores as directed for relief. Avoid spicy or acidic foods and stick to bland foods like dairy. If sores persist more than occasionally, see the pediatric dentist for evaluation.
Loose Baby Tooth
If your child has a very loose baby tooth and it won’t come out from wiggling alone, front teeth often come out easily with simple rotation, whereas back teeth come out more easily with a side-to-side motion.
Lost Filling or Crown
Take your child to the nearest dentist immediately to take care of your child’s crown or filling so they aren’t in pain.
Swelling or Abscess in or around the Mouth
This typically indicates an infection. Take your child to see the pediatric dentist as soon as possible. If swelling is severe, take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Clean the area around the sore tooth as thoroughly as possible. Rinse with warm salt water or use dental floss to dislodge trapped food or debris. Do NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. You can apply a cold compress to any swollen areas on the face. Take children’s ibuprofen for pain and call the pediatric dentist.
Don’t be caught off guard by a dental emergency during the holidays. Find the nearest My Kids’ Dentist & Orthodontics office or schedule your next appointment with a Smile Generation-trusted dental practice today.
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