A tooth emergency can happen to any child, any time. Your child might fall and break a tooth. Or she might bite her cheek and start bleeding. Depending on the situation, you may need your pediatric dentist to mend the mishap. Here’s what to do in the meantime:
My child fell and knocked out a permanent tooth.
- First, remain calm. Your child may be startled and it’s up to you to keep the situation under control. Comfort your child and take her mind off the accident.
- Next, locate the tooth and pick it up by the chewing surface, being careful not to touch the root.
- If the tooth is not dirty or broken, try to reinsert it into the empty socket in your child’s mouth. Have your child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean cloth or gauze.
- If the tooth is dirty, broken, or you cannot reinsert it, put the tooth in a glass of milk or saltwater solution. Contact your pediatric dentist immediately.
My child chipped or broke a tooth.
- Remain calm and comfort your child.
- Place the broken tooth in a glass of milk or saltwater solution. Do not scrape or scrub it.
- Take your child to your pediatric dentist immediately. The dentist may be able to reattach the broken piece.
My child cut or bit his lip, cheek or tongue.
- Apply direct pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding.
- If there is swelling, apply a cold compress. A popsicle works well.
- Give your child a kid-appropriate dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain.
My child has a toothache.
- Soothe the ache with a warm salt water rinse.
- Apply a cold compress directly to the affected area if you notice any swelling.
- Give him a children’s dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain.
- Visit your child’s pediatric dentist as soon as possible to find out what’s causing the toothache.
Let’s face it — accidents and childhood go hand in hand. If the accident involves your child’s teeth, stay calm and give us a call. We’re here to help.