Pediatric Dental Emergencies Can Be Incredibly Scary. Here Are Some Tips for Emergency Dental Care
Dental emergencies can happen anywhere and at any time … to adults. Now let’s add the unpredictable element that children bring, and pediatric dental emergencies become entirely unpredictable. It’s important to understand, as a parent, what to do when such a critical situation becomes a reality. The first thing you should do is have a dentist you can trust and that you can reach out to for such emergencies. Dr. Sona Isharani and her team at Triad Pediatric Dentistry offers compassionate pediatric emergency dental care in the Greensboro, NC area.
It’s not just a saying; pediatric dental emergencies can happen anywhere and will always (ALWAYS!) catch you off guard. Knowing how to handle your child during an emergency dental crisis could be the difference between your child being able to save or lose their tooth.
What to do if your child knocks out their tooth
First, check to make sure your child has not suffered a more serious injury and call 911 for help if necessary. For an adult tooth that has been knocked out, do your best to keep it constantly moist. You can accomplish this by placing the tooth in a container filled with milk or wrapped in a moist cloth. There are also tooth preservation products available that are approved by the American Dental Association. Your next step is to get in contact with your dentist immediately so that you can get your child into their office in as little time as possible. If the tooth is a baby tooth, you don’t need to keep it moist but do try to locate it so you can bring it into your child’s dentist.
What to do if your child cracks their tooth
If your child has a cracked tooth, rinse the mouth immediately in warm water to cleanse the area and apply a cold compress to the face to minimize any swelling. See your child’s dentist as soon as possible.
What to do if your child has a severe toothache
When your child gets a moderate to sever toothache, first rinse the mouth with warm water to cleanse. Gently floss to remove any food which may be lodged in between their teeth. You should not apply aspirin to the aching tooth and gums as this may burn the gum tissue. If the pain persists, contact your child’s dentist.
To learn more about the emergency care offered by Triad Pediatric Dentistry or if you have questions about a specific situation, please call (336) 804-8668.