If your child is experiencing a dental emergency, stay calm and do the following things:
1. Call our office as soon as possible and let us know what is going on. We are happy to give you the instructions you need to get through this experience with comfort and success.
2. If you cannot get a hold of our office staff or dentist, take your child to the nearest Urgent Care or emergency room.
3. Do everything you can to comfort your child and keep them calm. You can comfort your child with blankets and pillows and you can calm them down by singing, playing music, or telling stories.
4. Until you meet with the dentist or doctor, please improve the situation by doing these things:
- For a knocked-out permanent tooth: Pick up the tooth, hold it by the crown (which is the portion of the tooth that was visible when it was still in the mouth), and rinse it with warm water—do not scrub it. Next, put the tooth in a small carton or cup of milk. If you can’t do so, you can put it in a cup of water with a pinch of table salt or in a cup of liquid that promotes cell growth. If your child has knocked out a baby tooth, you don’t need to worry, unless it has fallen out prematurely.
- For a chipped tooth: Try and save as many pieces of the tooth as possible. Then, rinse the mouth with warm water. To reduce swelling, ice the area and give your child an over-the-counter pain medication.
- For a toothache: Have your child rinse their mouth with warm water. Next, floss between each tooth and eliminate any food particles that might be causing the pain. If this does not reduce or eliminate the pain, your child might have a cavity. Until the appointment, you can give your child over-the-counter pain medication to relieve the pain and discomfort. Please do not put the medication directly against the gums around the tooth. If you do, the gums can become burned and damaged.
- For a cut or bitten tongue, lip, or cheek: Wipe away the blood with a warm, damp cloth. Then, stop the bleeding by applying pressure to the area. If this doesn’t help and the bleeding continues, take your child to the nearest hospital.
For additional help and advice, call our office now. We are here to help your child have the best oral health and dental experience possible, even during dental emergencies!