One minute, your kids are happily playing and then the next minute, one of them suddenly cries out and holds his hands up to his mouth. Dental emergencies in kids can happen practically anywhere, even at home. As with medical emergencies, dental emergencies require a calm mind and prompt action to prevent the problem from getting out of hand.
Here, Corona dentists for kids list dental first aid for emergencies your child might encounter at home or while playing sports.
If your child complains about a toothache, the first thing that you need to do is clean the affected tooth. The proper way to do this is to rinse the mouth with a saline mix composed of warm water and salt. If debris is lodged between the teeth, use dental floss to remove this. Avoid placing aspirin on the affected teeth. If swelling occurs, use a cold compress and give acetaminophen to the child to help relieve the pain. See a dentist at once.
Bitten lip, tongue or cheek
If the child accidentally bites his lips, tongue or cheek and bleeding occurs, use a cloth or gauze and apply firm pressure on the area to stop the bleeding. Should the bleeding continue 15 minutes after, proceed to the hospital for emergency treatment.
Knocked out teeth
If the knocked out tooth is a baby tooth and there is bleeding, place a cloth or gauze on the area. Ask the child to apply firm pressure on the area for about 15 minutes. If the bleeding continues, repeat the previous steps. Proceed to a dentist if the bleeding persists.
However, if the tooth that has been removed is permanent, you need to undertake a few steps.
First, you need to find the tooth and rinse it. Make sure that you do not unnecessarily handle or clean the tooth. Attempt to reinsert the tooth into the socket and ask your child to hold it in place by biting on either a piece of cloth or gauze. If this does not help, put the tooth in a cup of milk and immediately see a dentist.
Have your child immediately rinse his mouth with warm water and then place a cold compress on the injured area. If you can find the broken fragments of the tooth, put these in a sterile container and proceed to the dentist’s office.
If you suspect that your child has suffered a broken jaw, prevent the jaw from moving by using a handkerchief, towel or tie. Afterwards, proceed to a hospital.
If one of the components of the braces can be easily removed, remove it at once. However, if this is not possible, use gum, dental wax or balls of cotton to act as a barrier between the protruding material and the cheeks and/or lips. If the wire of the braces is stuck in any area of the mouth, do not attempt to remove it. Instead, go see the dentist at once. If the broken appliance is not bothering your child, he will not need emergency attention.
Here at All Smiles Orthodontics and Children’s Dentistry, our dentists reserve openings in their daily schedules. This means that your child does not need an appointment to get the emergency treatment he needs.