Nothing is more frightening than when your child is in pain, and maybe even facing a dental emergency situation. If the condition is severe, such as excessive bleeding, a trip to the ER may be in order. However, a number of dental emergencies and traumas can be treated by our talented team of pediatric dentists.
If your child is experiencing a dental emergency, we’ll get you into our office as quickly as possible to get your child back to the smiling tyke he or she deserves to be.
Accidents happen, especially when you’re a child. Taking the right, fast steps can make the difference between losing a tooth and saving it. Sometimes trauma isn’t obvious—but pain is your body’s way of saying something is wrong. Err on the side of caution and call our pediatric dental office immediately.
Types of Traumas and Dental Emergencies
A bitten tongue or lip can be painful and scary if there’s blood, but a minor bite can be treated with a cold cloth and compress. If bleeding doesn’t stop soon, go to the ER.
Another common trauma is a broken tooth. Rinse your child’s mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to treat the swelling while on the way to the dentist. If an adult tooth gets knocked out, hold it by the root to cleanse it and then store it in milk while en route to our office—if it’s a baby tooth, make sure to alert the Tooth Fairy.
Getting things stuck between teeth can be painful and a nuisance. However, if flossing doesn’t remove it, a trip to the dentist is in order. Don’t try to pick at it with a sharp object; that’s for the pros to handle. A toothache can be a sign of many things, but if flossing to check for lodged food doesn’t relieve the situation, head to our office.
Preventing Dental Trauma
There’s no guaranteed way to avoid trauma and dental emergencies, but you can take some preventative steps. Always make sure kids wear a mouth guard when playing sports, avoid chewing hard foods like certain candies and ice, and teach them not to use teeth as a tool—that’s what scissors and pliers are for.
Most importantly, take any tooth pain seriously. Mouths have a big job, and sometimes problems happen that only a dentist can handle.