Dental emergencies can be frightening, but they don’t have to be. As a parent, you’re probably aware of what to do if your child skins their knee or has a cold, but it is important to know what to do if they have a tooth or dental problem? That is why we have created this guide to the most common dental emergencies that occur with children.
Children often bite their lips or bite their tongues. Most of the time it is nothing to worry about and doesn’t draw any blood. Although it can be painful it usually doesn’t cause any permanent damage. However, if the bite was strong enough to go through the skin and draw blood, clean the site with cool water and apply ice or a cold compress. If the bite removed part of the tongue or lip, take your child to an emergency room as quickly as possible.
Toothaches are relatively simple to treat and are often nothing to worry about. Have your child rinse their mouth with warm water. Then, inspect the teeth for any food or other items lodged in between. An appropriate painkiller may be given, but if the pain continues or gets worse, contact your dentist.
Children, especially younger ones, have no fear when it comes to putting strange things in their mouths. If something gets lodged in between teeth or stuck in gums, use dental floss to remove it. Never use a pointed tool like tweezers or pins to get the item out since this could cause more damage. If the item is stubborn and you can’t get it yourself, take your child to the dentist or emergency room for assistance.
If not taken care of immediately, a cracked tooth can be painful and lead to infection. Have your child clean out their mouth with warm water and use ice to control pain. You should then make an appointment with the dentist as soon as you can.
If your child has knocked out a baby tooth, this is generally not serious assuming there are no other mouth-related injuries involved. If they knocked out a permanent tooth, it is possible to save the tooth if you can quickly get to a dentist, otherwise, a dentist can talk to you about dental implants.
If your child is experiencing a dental emergency and you aren’t sure what to do, give All Pro Dental a call at (781)853-0111 or come to our office at 7 Everett St, Suite #D-E, Revere, MA.