Accidents happen, and we are happy to help you and your child get through a dental emergency with success. To make the best out of the situation, we strongly recommend doing the following things:
First, call our office as soon as possible and tell us what is going on. We will be happy to give you the advice and instructions you need to begin solving the situation. If you cannot get a hold of our office or dentist, take your child to the nearest hospital or Urgent Care.
Second, comfort your child and try to calm them down as much as you can. If you are not sure how to calm your child down, you can try singing, playing music, or telling stories. You can also help the situation by giving your child blankets and pillows and letting them rest.
Third, do the following things until your child meets with the dentist or doctor:
• For a knocked-out permanent tooth: Pick up the tooth and hold it by the crown; this is essential because you do not want to ruin any tissues or fibers on the tooth. Then, put the tooth into a small carton of milk or a cup of water with a pinch of table salt. If this is not possible, you can put it in a liquid that promotes cell growth or you can keep it moist by placing it inside the mouth, between the gums and cheek. If your child has knocked out a baby tooth, you do not need to worry. However, you can always call us if you have any questions or concerns.
• For a chipped tooth: Try to save as many pieces of the tooth as possible. Then, have your child rinse their mouth with warm water, which will wash the blood and debris away. To relieve pain, give your child over-the-counter pain medication and ice the affected area.
• For a toothache: Have your child rinse out their mouth with warm water. Then, floss between each tooth and eliminate any substances that might be causing the pain. If this doesn’t help, the tooth might be decayed, and there is not much you can do other than bring your child to our office. However, you can temporarily relieve your child’s pain with an over-the-counter pain medication.
• For a bitten or cut lip, tongue, or cheek: Wipe away the blood with a warm, damp towel. Then, try to stop the bleeding by applying pressure to the area. If the bleeding continues, take your child to the nearest hospital.
If you would like additional help and advice, please call our office. We are here to help you in any way we can!