Rinse the mouth with warm salt water and inspect the teeth to be sure there is nothing caught between them. Take acetaminophen for pain and call your dentist. If face is swollen, apply a cold compress and see a pediatric dentist immediately. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth.
Chipped, Broken, or Loose Tooth
Contact your pediatric dentist immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with warm salt water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If possible, locate and save any broken tooth fragments and bring them with you to the dentist.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
Locate the missing tooth and hold it by the crown (the part visible in the mouth), not by the root. You may rinse the tooth with water only. DO NOT clean with soap, scrub or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If the tooth is intact, try to reinsert it in the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, place the tooth in a cup of cold milk. If milk is not available, and the patient is old enough, the tooth may also be carried in the patient’s mouth (beside the cheek). The patient must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.
Knocked Out Baby Tooth
Contact your pediatric dentist during business hours. This is not usually an emergency and in most cases no treatment is necessary. DO NOT reinsert the tooth.
Cut Lip or Cheek
Apply ice to injured areas to help control swelling. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, go to the nearest emergency room or urgent care center.
Bleeding After Baby Tooth Falls Out
Have child bite down on clean, folded gauze or cloth over the bleeding area for 15 minutes. Repeat once if necessary. If bleeding continues, call your dentist.
Cold or Canker Sores
Usually over-the-counter preparations bring relief until sores heal. Because some serious diseases can begin as sores, let us know if sores worsen and/or persist.
Broken Braces, Wires, and Space Maintainers
If a broken appliance can be removed easily, take it out. If it cannot be removed, cover the sharp or protruding portion with wax, gauze or chewing gum. Call your pediatric dentist or orthodontist. Loose or broken appliances, which do not bother the child, do not usually require emergency attention.
You can help your child avoid dental emergencies. Child-proof your home to avoid injuries from falls. Always use car seats and seat belts. If your child plays contact sports, have him or her wear a mouth guard. Ask your dentist about creating a custom-fitted mouth guard for your child. Finally, prevent toothaches with regular brushing, flossing, and visits to our office.