Tips for Handling 3 Dental Emergencies Experienced by Children
Despite you and your child’s best efforts to protect his or her teeth, accidents can happen. Here are a few tips to help you deal with a stressful situation should one of these three dental emergencies be experienced in your household.
#1 A Primary Tooth Is Knocked Out
Primary teeth, also called baby teeth, eventually fall out anyway. But if your child has a primary tooth knocked out somehow, it is time to call your pediatric dentist immediately to schedule an appointment. This makes it important to establish a dental home for your children early on. In fact, it is recommended to have your baby visit the dentist as soon as the first tooth erupts or by his or her first birthday at the latest.
#2 When a Permanent Tooth Is Knocked Out
Once again, you need to contact the child’s dentist immediately. There is still the potential for saving the tooth if you find it and care for it properly. Be sure to rinse the tooth off with cool water. Don’t scrub it or use soap. If you can insert the tooth back into the socket and hold it there with a piece of gauze on the way to the dentist, that is optimal. If not, use a clean cup and keep the tooth coated in milk or saliva (or water if it’s the only option).
#3 If a Tooth Gets Chipped
If you can find all of the fragments, bring them with you to the dentist. Clean and maintain them as you would an entire tooth as noted in the paragraph above. Treatment should be prompt in order to save the tooth if possible.
Remember that if any of the above damage is caused by a serious injury, you may need to go to the hospital before the dentist. In such a case, you may want to call your dentist on the way to the hospital or once you get there to receive more advice.
Help for Emergency Dental Situations
At BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry, we focus on prevention to protect your child’s teeth. However, should an emergency arise, our highly-skilled pediatric dentists are ready to help. From sedation techniques to calm your child’s anxiety during a restorative procedure to being up-to-date on the latest restorative techniques, our board-certified pediatric dentists can be trusted when a dental emergency arises. To set up BRSH+FLSS as your child’s dental home, give us a call today at 619-741-1500.