Whether you believe it or not, baby teeth are very important, which means if your child experiences a dental injury or emergency, you should take the necessary steps in helping your child. To help you get through an oral emergency in a smooth manner, our Ultimate Smile Dental dental team encourages you to do the following things:
-For a knocked-out tooth: If the tooth was prematurely knocked out of the mouth, the best thing you can do is keep the tooth moist. You can try to put it back into place or you can try to keep it nestled in between your gums and cheeks. If these options do not work for you and your child, you can simply place the tooth in a glass of milk. Make sure to call our office and schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
-For a cracked tooth: Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area. Then, ice outside the injury to keep the swelling and pain down. Next, call our office and schedule an appointment to have the crack treated. If it’s not fixed in a timely manner, there is a chance it can harbor tooth decay.
-For a bitten lip or tongue: Gently clean the lip or tongue and ice it to relieve pain and discomfort.
-For a toothache: Swish warm water around the mouth to remove anything that might be irritating the tooth. If that doesn’t help, gently floss around the throbbing tooth. Please do not put pain medication directly on the tooth or surrounding gums.
-For an object stuck between teeth: Try to remove the object with dental floss. Do not try to remove it with a sharp or pointed tool.
Call our office today at 954-566-5428 if your child experienced an injury or emergency that requires treatment. Dr. Robert Wagner and our dental team will be happy to help you in any way we can if you call our office as soon as possible. We also encourage you to call our office if your child experienced an emergency that was not mentioned in this blog. We look forward to helping you!