When you find your child – or a child in your care – in a sudden dental crisis, the last thing you should do is panic. Of course, that is easier said than done, if you are not suitably prepared for such a situation and there isn’t a dental professional you can turn to. That is why it is so important to always store the contact number of your emergency dentist on your phone – or physically, in a convenient place. However, it is not always possible to reach an emergency dentist on time. In this article, we will show you some of the common dental emergency situations and what you can do to mitigate the problems before professional help is sought.
This is a problem that almost every person has experienced at least once in his or her lifetime. Sudden dental pangs can erupt when you least expect them to. They may be triggered by a host of problems including cavities, decay or food trapped between the tooth and gums. When it involves children, you would first need to reassure them by explaining how common a toothache problem is, and that their cooperation will help to make the pain go away faster. Then proceed to rinse the child’s mouth with either a salt solution or plain water. You may also floss the teeth to gently remove any food debris stuck in the tooth. A cold compress may also be given to soothe the pain and lessen the swelling, if any.
If you have an active child that enjoys sporting activities, this is unfortunately a common occurrence. If the knocked-out tooth is a permanent one, you should try to re-insert the tooth. If this is done within 1 hour of the incident, there is still time to salvage the tooth. First, you should rinse the affected area to get rid of any dirt or particles. Make sure you do not remove any tissue fragments that are still attached to the tooth. Pick the tooth by its crown and gently place it back into the socket. Gently cover the tooth with a small slightly damp towel and ask the child to bite down slowly but firmly to exert pressure on the tooth and hold it in its original position. If possible, contact an emergency dentist for an immediate appointment.
Broken/ bitten tongue or lips
If the child bit him or herself or busted a lip, immediately apply ice to any bruised or swollen areas. If bleeding occurs, apply firm pressure to the area to stop it. If bleeding persists beyond 15 minutes and continues profusely, contact the emergency room for immediate assistance.
Do not attempt to remove any broken pieces of the brace if the action causes any pain to the child. Basically, you may worsen the pain and problem if you forcibly remove any wire that is stuck in the cheek or gum. You may cover the sharp protruding edges of the wires with a clean gauze or chewing gum and bring the child to see an emergency dentist.