Toothache: If you have a toothache, begin with cleaning the area around the affected tooth. Rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge any food that may be impacted. If the pain still persists, contact your child’s dentist to schedule an appointment. Do not place aspirin or heat on the gum or on the aching tooth. If your child’s face starts to swell, apply cold compresses and contact your dentist immediately.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek: If your child has cut or bitten his or her tongue, lip, or cheek, begin by applying ice to the affected area(s) to help control swelling. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth to. If the cut is severe enough that bleeding cannot be controlled with gauze or a cloth, contact your doctor immediately, or visit your nearest hospital room.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth: If you child has knocked out his or her tooth, try your best to find that tooth; during your appointment, we will do our best to restore the tooth, assuming there has been minimal damage to the tooth. Please be sure to handle the tooth by the crown, not by the root. It is crucial you do NOT clean the tooth with soap or scrub or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If the tooth looks in tact, try to reinsert it in the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a gauze or clean cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s saliva or milk, NOT water. If your child’s tooth has been knocked out, he or she must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY! The longer you wait, the lower the likelihood the tooth can be restored.
Knocked Out Baby Tooth: Contact your pediatric dentist. In most cases, no treatment is necessary, as these teeth aren’t permanent.
Chipped/Fractured Permanent Tooth: If your child has chipped or fractured a permanent tooth, time is of the essence. To reduce the risk of infection or extensive dental treatment in the future, contact your pediatric dentist immediately. Following the incident, rinse the mouth with water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. If you can find the broken tooth piece, bring it with you to your appointment
Chipped/Fractured Baby Tooth: Contact your pediatric dentist. In most cases, no treatment is necessary, as these teeth aren’t permanent.
Severe Blow to the Head: Call 911 immediately or take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Possible Broken or Fractured Jaw: Keep the jaw from moving and take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room IMMEDIATELY.