A Parents Guide To Dental Emergencies

Some 14% of children will experience a dental emergency of some kind, so it’s important to have a proper action plan prepared should an emergency happen. Here are some common emergencies and how you can handle them.

Toothache – The pain of a toothache can be sharp and piercing, or more generalized and throbbing – usually due to tooth decay. Pain will likely become worse instead of better. For temporary relief, hold a warm cloth against your child’s cheek. If the area around the tooth is swollen, you can also use a cool compress intermittently.

Chipped Or Broken Tooth – The best way to manage tooth fractures is to prevent them. For any sport where there’s risk of contact with another player, or any surface, everyone should wear a professionally fitted mouthguard. If a tooth does get chipped or broken, use warm water to rinse off as much dirt as possible.

Knocked Out Tooth – Have your child bite on some gauze or a clean cloth to stop bleeding. For a permanent tooth, gently rinse it, remove the gauze, and try to place the tooth back in its socket, and come to us immediately! If that’s not possible, submerge the tooth in milk.

In all dental emergencies, it is crucial that your child gets to our practice as quickly as possible. We can evaluate the extent of the injury, and make necessary repairs quickly and safely.

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