At Salt Lake Pediatric Dentistry, we’re here to offer more than just child dental services. These are the foundation of our business, of course, but we’re not just here to provide a quick cleaning and get you out the door – we want to take an active role in your child’s oral care, including proactive expertise to help you with various home issues that may crop up within the dental world.
One such area? Various dental emergencies or issues that might require immediate attention. Some of these areas could eventually mean a visit to our dental offices, though others can be handled on your own if you have the proper know-how. Let’s look at a few dental incidents that might take place for children in the home, plus how to handle them.
Tooth Knocked Out
If your child has a tooth knocked out, your response will vary depending on what kind of tooth it is:
- Baby tooth: No action necessary unless the tooth was knocked out in a way that caused bleeding or other issues – baby teeth should not be replaced, as this may damage the permanent tooth that’s already begun to grow in.
- Permanent tooth: If a permanent tooth is knocked out, do your best to find it and soak it in water. Never handle it by the root – only by the crown. Also never use soap on the tooth, rather just plain water. After rinsing, store the tooth in a plastic bag or cup along with milk or your child’s saliva. Do not use water in this storage container. From here, make an appointment with our pediatric dentist to have the tooth re-inserted.
Chip or Fracture
Like above, if a baby tooth is chipped or fractured, this is usually not a large concern unless it creates bite or eating issues. If a permanent tooth is damaged in this way, though, you should act as quickly as you can. Rinse out your child’s mouth to prevent infection risk, and keep any part of the fractured tooth that you can in a bag or a glass of milk. Bring the fractured piece and your child in for an appointment as soon as you can.
If your child is cut anywhere in the mouth, first rinse it out with cool water. Apply gauze or simple cloth to any bleeding areas. If bleeding is so significant that it cannot be stopped this way, go to your doctor or the emergency room.
In most cases, toothache can be handled without a dentist visit. Clean the affected area and rinse it with warm water, plus floss near it to make sure there’s no debris causing the pain. You can also use salt water or various other painkilling methods. If pain lasts for more than a day or gets more severe with time, visit our office.
It’s important to make one note regarding any head trauma a child receives during any oral damage: If there’s head injury of any kind, it’s important your child seeks standard medical attention along with dental attention. Call 911 or take them to the nearest emergency room to have them checked for a concussion or any other head injury if this is even a minor possibility.
For more on handling dental incidents in the home, or to learn about any of our dental services, speak to the staff at Salt Lake Pediatric Dentistry today.