What to Do If Your Child Is Experiencing a Dental Emergency

Kids are small explorers. They like to run, climb, jump, hide, and tumble. This is how they discover new things and learn about the world around them. But, sometimes they can get hurt during their small adventures. 

What If your child breaks a tooth or gets a mouth injury? Do you know what to do in case of a dental emergency

If your answer is no, then this article is for you. 

Common Dental Emergencies in Kids and How to Handle Them

Here are some of the most common dental emergencies in children and what to do if they occur.

  1. Knocked-Out Tooth

If your child knocked out a baby tooth, it's best to just leave it be. Don't try to reinsert it, as this could damage the developing permanent tooth underneath. Instead, comfort your child and contact your pediatric dentist for guidance.

However, if your child knocks out a permanent tooth, pick it up by the crown (not the root), rinse it gently without scrubbing, and try to reinsert it in its socket. If that's not possible you can keep the tooth alive by storing it in a milk container. If that's not possible either, ask your child to keep it in their mouth, tucked between their cheeks. 

  1. Chipped or Broken Tooth

Your child was playing around when they fell and chipped (or even worse broken) one of their teeth. 

First, comfort your child and help them calm down. Then, rinse their mouth with water to clean the area and stop the bleeding. Use cold compresses on the face to reduce swelling and get in touch with the child's dentist as soon as possible. 

  1. Toothache

A toothache isn't always a dental emergency but it's always a sign that you need to see a dentist as soon as possible. However, if the pain is severe and is accompanied by fever or swelling, it may indicate an infection, which is a dental emergency.  

  1. Bitten Tongue or Lip

Your little one will probably bite their tongue or lip very often. Most of the time, they will be fine. Gently clean the area with a cloth. You can also use a cold compress to reduce any swelling. But, if the bleeding doesn't stop or is severe, head to the emergency room or pediatric dentist immediately.

  1. Severe Blow to the Mouth 

A severe hit to the mouth can cause hidden damage. Seek urgent dental care even if their teeth and gums seem to be fine. 

How to Protect Their Oral Health 

Of course, you can't watch your children's every step and can't foresee every possible scenario. Emergencies can happen, but certain preventive measures can help reduce the risk:

  • Ensure your child wears a mouthguard during sports.
  • Avoid giving them foods that might damage their teeth, like hard candies.
  • Teach them to not use their teeth as tools, for example for opening bottles. 

Tiny Tooth Pediatric Dentistry Is Here to Help! 

If your child is experiencing a dental emergency call the team at Tiny Tooth Pediatric Dentistry immediately at (443) 832-6111

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