Emergency Dentist for Child
Dental accidents can happen at the drop of a hat and can be very stressful, especially for children. It is important to know what to do in case your child breaks a tooth or even if a permanent tooth falls out. You may consider purchasing a dental first aid kit to keep with your medical first aid kit so that you are prepared for any problem.
Here are some items you can expect a dental first aid kit to contain:
- Ice pack or cold compress, used for swelling
- A cup with a lid, used to store a tooth if one should fall out
- Sterile gauze, used for bleeding
- Mouthwash with a cup, used for mouth sores
What do I do if my child has a dental emergency?
In the event that your child suffers a dental emergency, there are a few steps that you can take to determine if it is necessary to get your child to their Pedodontist or if it is something that you can manage on your own.
- You will need to check for bleeding in your child’s mouth at the injury site.
- Using a soft, clean, damp cloth, you can clean the area and check to see what damage has been done. You may also consider having your child rinse with warm water to get any blood or debris out of their mouth.
- If there was bleeding, see if you can get it to stop by having your child gently press a clean cloth at the site. If bleeding does not stop, you may need to get to the dentist or even the emergency room.
Losing a tooth is a common occurrence with active children. If your child has a baby tooth knocked out, it may not be advisable to replace it since it would have fallen out eventually anyways. If your child has a permanent tooth knocked out, you will definitely want to get to the dentist as soon as possible to have tended to.
There are a couple of steps that you will need to take before you head to the dentist! First of all, locate the tooth if you can and take care to hold it only by the crown of the tooth, not the root. Rinse the tooth under warm water and if you are able, try to put the tooth back into the socket. If you are successful in replacing the tooth back into its socket, have your child gently bite down on a clean damp cloth to hold the tooth in place while you get them to the dentist. If you are unable to get the tooth back into the socket, put it in a cup of milk or saltwater and take it with you to the dentist as soon as possible.
Emergency Dental Visit
Call your child’s dental office as soon as you can. Most offices hold emergency time in their schedule every day and will be able to accommodate you without too much of a wait. If your child’s dental trauma happens after normal business hours, give the office a call anyway so that you can obtain the after-hours phone number to speak with a dentist.
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