First, rinse the irritated area with warm salt water and place a cold compress on the face if it is swollen. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm salt water or use dental floss to dislodge trapped food or debris. Give your child acetaminophen for any pain, rather than placing aspirin on the teeth or gums. Finally, see Dr. Reed as soon as possible.
What can I do to protect my child's teeth during sporting events?
Soft plastic mouthguards can be used to protect a child’s teeth, lips, cheeks and gums from sport related injuries. A custom-fitted mouthguard developed by a pediatric dentist will protect your child from injuries to the teeth, face and even provide protection from severe injuries to the head.
What should I do if my child's mouth is bleeding after a baby tooth has fallen out?
Fold and pack a clean gauze or cloth over the bleeding area. Have the child bite on the gauze with pressure for 15 minutes. This may be repeated once; if bleeding persists, see a dentist.
What if my child has a cold or canker sore?
Many children occasionally suffer from “cold” or “canker” sores. Usually over-the-counter preparations give relief. Because some serious diseases may begin as sores, it is important to have a dental evaluation if these sores persist.
What should you do if my child's braces or appliance is broken?
If a broken appliance can be removed easily, simply take it out. If it cannot or you are uncomfortable trying, cover the sharp or protruding portion with cotton balls, gauze or chewing gum. If a wire is stuck in the gums, cheek or tongue, DO NOT remove it. Take your child to a dentist immediately. Loose or broken appliances which do not bother the child do not usually require emergency attention and can be evaluated during normal office hours.
What if my child has cut or bitten themselves?
If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, take the child to a hospital emergency room.
What if my child falls and has knocked out a tooth?
First, identify if it is a baby tooth or a permanent tooth. If it is a baby tooth, do not be as alarmed. We will evaluate the area of injury, but primary teeth are often not reinserted due to a higher chance of complications or damage to the developing permanent tooth.
If your child has dislocated or completely knocked out one of their permanent teeth, find the tooth. The most important thing to do is to remain calm, then find the tooth. Hold it by the crown rather than the root and try to reinsert it in the socket. Have the child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean gauze or cloth.If that is not possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk and take your child and the glass immediately to the pediatric dentist.Time is a critical factor in saving the permanent tooth. If the tooth has been out of position for greater than one hour, the chance for saving it is drastically reduced.
What if my child has broken a tooth?
Rinse dirt from the injured area with warm water. Place a cold rag over the face in the area of the injury. Locate and save any broken tooth fragments and bring them with you to the dentist. Immediate dental attention is necessary.
What if my child has broken their jaw?
If a fractured jaw is suspected, try to keep the jaws from moving by using a towel, tie or handkerchief, and then take the child to the nearest hospital emergency room.