We do encounter dental emergencies pretty often, and children take up a fair share of them. Children are usually very active and having a few bad falls during their playtime is quite common. They could sustain an injury to the mouth which may damage the teeth, tongue or other soft tissues of the mouth.
In such cases, do not panic, as it would do your child no good. Call a dentist and inform them about the incident. If any first aid can be done at home, they would suggest it in order to take the edge off the pain and to stabilize the situation. After that, take them to a dentist as soon as possible so that they can be given the right treatment.
Common pediatric dental emergencies
Cracked or chipped tooth
Though the enamel is the hardest part of the body, a hard blow to the mouth could crack or chip the teeth. In case there is bleeding, rinse the mouth and control the bleeding using a piece of gauze. Apply a cold compress to reduce the swelling and to give comfort. If you can find the piece of broken tooth, take it along while visiting the dentist.
Injured soft tissues
Accidentally biting the lips, tongue or the soft lining of the mouth could cause bleeding. Use a clean piece of gauze to stop the bleeding and form a clot. A cold compress can be used to keep the swelling in control. Take care not to dislodge the clot while brushing the teeth or eating food.
A hard blow to the mouth could completely knock out a tooth or break it right at the gum line. It can be highly painful and if you don’t act quickly, your child could lose a natural tooth forever. Collect the tooth and rinse it with water while only holding on to the tooth crown. Don’t use soap or any other cleaning agent to do so. Place the tooth in a container of milk and take it to the dental practice. Meanwhile, control the victim’s bleeding using a piece of gauze.
Toothache could be caused when the tooth has a deep cavity (due to decay) or when the child bites into something too
hard. Sometimes, toothache also occurs when anything is stuck in between the teeth. In such cases, rinse the mouth with warm water and try to remove the debris that’s stuck in between the teeth. In the case of cavities, see a dentist immediately so that they can get rid of the decay, apply a filling, and provide medication to overcome it.
In case of dental emergencies, call us at (262) 886-9440. We would assist your child during emergency conditions
and provide treatment as soon as possible.