We all want our kids to be physically and socially active. We want them to have a healthy lifestyle. We encourage them to participate in different sports and are happy when they enjoy it. Whether a child loses or wins a game, no parent wants his or her child to be injured. Unfortunately, playing a sport, especially a contact one, often leads to emergencies. Dental injures are a high percent of the total injures experienced in youth sports.
What You Need To Do In A Dental Emergency
A BABY TOOTH IS KNOCKED OUT:
1. Contact your pediatric dentist as soon as possible. It might help to minimize the damage, and definitely lessen the child’s discomfort.
2. Rinse the mouth with water and press a cold compress on the damaged area.
3. Comfort your child instead of checking his or her mouth. Remember that a baby tooth doesn’t need to be replanted due to potential damage to the permanent tooth.
A PERMANENT TOOTH IS KNOCKED OUT:
1. Find the tooth.
2. Rinse it with cold water. Do not use soap, and do not scrub it.
3. Replace the tooth in the tooth socket without touching the root and press on it with clean washcloth. If you cannot put the tooth back in the socket, it should be placed in between cheek and gums or in a clean container, preferably with milk.
4. Take your child (and the tooth) to your pediatric dentist right away. Call the emergency number if after hours.
A TOOTH IS CHIPPED OR BROKEN
1. Contact the children’s dentist as soon as possible.
2. Immediately rinse the child’s mouth with warm water to clean the area.
3. Put cold compress on the child’s face to keep any swelling down.
4. If you can find a tooth fragment, it’s important to take it to your pediatric dentist.
A CHILD HAS TOOTHACHE
1. Contact your child’s dentist and visit his office promptly.
2. Rinse the mouth with water.
3. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between the teeth.
4. Apply a cold compress or ice wrapped in a cloth.
OBJECTS STUCK IN THE MOUTH
1. Try to gently remove with floss; don’t do it with sharp or pointed instruments.
2. Contact your pediatric dentist immediately if objects remain in the child’s mouth.
How To Prevent Accidents & Injuries To Children’s Teeth
- Make sure your child wears a mouth guard when participating in sports or recreational activities;
- Always use a car seat for young children. Require seat belts for everyone else in the car.
- Childproof your home. Significant percent of all mouth injures happen to children two to three years of age.
- Explain and remind children that chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy can crack teeth .
- Make sure your child uses scissors, NOT teeth, to cut things.
- Protect children from unnecessary toothache with regular visits to your pediatric dentist.
We hope that these guidelines will help you to act fast and not to panic in case of your child’s dental emergency. If you have any questions or would like to visit our dental office in Allen, please contact Kids Pediatric Dentistry: 972-727-0011