Kids are always getting into some kind of trouble, and if that trouble has something to do with the state of their teeth, you’ll want to be prepared. Some emergencies you can handle yourself, but for others, you’ll most likely need a dentist. Seven of the most common emergencies are found below.
1. Knocked Out Tooth
If your child’s tooth gets knocked out, do your best to find it and head to your dentist right away. Even if the tooth that got knocked out was a baby tooth, you’ll need to take action. Your dentist will either re-attach the tooth or place a false tooth in the socket to keep other teeth from over crowding the space, especially if the permanent tooth has not come in yet.
2. Premature Tooth Loss
If your child is losing his or her teeth earlier than usual (kids usually begin losing their teeth between the ages of 5 and 7), you should see your dentist right away. This could be a sign of gum disease or other serious issues that you should not ignore.
Obviously, if after brushing your child’s tooth you notice a dark cavity, make an appointment to have it taken care of right away. Ignoring the cavity may not only cause your child undue pain, but also increase the effects of the decay, making it harder to eliminate.
4. Broken Tooth
Broken, fractured, or chipped teeth can be extremely painful, but if you act quickly, they can usually be repaired. Put an ice pack on your child’s face to reduce swelling and pain, then try to find the broken piece of tooth. If you find it, take it with you to your dentist who may be able to reattach it. If you can’t find the broken piece, or if your child chipped or fractured the tooth, it becomes more important for you to see your dentist immediately for repairs.
Rinse the mouth with warm water. Then, give your child medication you would normally administer for pain relief. Putting an aspirin next to the aching tooth is a myth, so don’t bother with that. Bring your child to the dentist as soon as possible to resolve the issue.
6. Bitten Lip or Tongue
If the bite is mild, you should be able to take care of it yourself. Regardless of the severity, place ice on the affected area to reduce swelling. If the swelling worsens or the area will not stop bleeding, see your pediatric dentist.
7. Something Caught in Teeth
You can take care of most things that would get caught in your child’s teeth by having them brush, floss, and rinse with warm water. If that doesn’t work, call your dentist. He or she will have the tools needed to remove the object.
If your child faces any of these emergencies, call our office immediately for help.