Pediatric Dental Emergencies

If you face a dental emergency, give us a call immediately. We are always here to assist when your child’s dental health is at risk. Below are tips on dealing with urgent dental situations.

Bitten Lip or Tongue

If your child has bitten a 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. 

Object Caught In Teeth

If your youngster has something caught between the teeth, use dental floss to remove it gently. Never use a metal, plastic, or sharp tool to remove a stuck object. If you are unable to remove the item with dental floss, give us a call.

Broken, Chipped, or Fractured Tooth

If your child has chipped or broken a piece off a tooth, have him or her rinse the mouth with warm water, then use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Try to locate and save the tooth fragment that broke off. 

Loose Tooth

If your child has a very loose tooth, it should be removed to avoid being swallowed or inhaled.

Toothache

If your little one complains of a toothache, rinse the mouth with warm water and inspect the teeth to make sure there is nothing caught between them. If pain continues, use a cold compress to ease the pain.

Do not apply heat or any kind of aspirin or topical pain reliever directly to the affected area, because this can cause damage to the gums. Children’s pain relievers may be taken orally. 

Broken Jaw

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.

Avoiding Injury

You can help your child avoid dental emergencies. Child-proof your house to avoid falls. Don’t let him or her chew on ice, popcorn kernels, or other hard foods.

Always use car seats for young children and require seat belts for older children. And if your child plays contact sports, have him or her wear a mouthguard.

Finally, prevent toothaches with regular brushing, flossing, and visits to our office.

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