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Before you and your child panic in a dental emergency, we ask that you stay calm and do your best to sooth your child. You can try soothing them by singing a song, wrapping them in their favorite blanket, or telling them a story. Then, call 601-922-0056 and schedule an emergency appointment with Dr. Roxanne Lawrence . Until you meet with your dentist, please do the following things:

· For a knocked-out tooth: It is very important that you keep the tooth as moist as possible. You can try to put the tooth back in place, but make sure you put it back the right way if you decide to do so. If you cannot put the tooth back into position, you can place it between your child’s gums and cheeks or you can put it in a cup of milk.

· For a cracked tooth: Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area. Then, ice outside the injury to keep the swelling and pain down.

· For a bitten lip or tongue: Gently wipe down the area and wash the blood away. Next, ice the lip or tongue to relieve pain and discomfort and to reduce swelling.

· For a toothache: Swish around the mouth with warm water to clean the area. Then, gently use dental floss to clean on both sides of the tooth. If this doesn’t help relieve the pain, call the dentist. Please do not place pain medications directly on the gums or tooth.

· For an object stuck between teeth: Try to remove the object gently with floss. This should help relieve pain and discomfort. Please do not free the object with a pointed or sharp tool.

Call South Jackson Family Dental if you have any questions or if you need additional help! We are here to assist you in any way possible, and we are more than happy to make your emergency situation a little better by helping you through it—all you need to do is call our office and ask for assistance!