First Aid For Dental Emergencies

It’s summer time and your kids are out of school enjoying the warm sun. There may be many fun activities and trips planned for the summer but unwanted accidents can happen anytime, anywhere. Knowing how to handle dental emergencies can help save your child’s permanent tooth. If any dental emergencies occur, it is important to bring your child to their dentist or the emergency room as soon as possible.

Here Are 5 Common Dental Emergencies And What You Need To Do:

1. Toothaches

If your child has discomfort in their teeth, you should thoroughly clean the area around the sore tooth. Vigorously rinse their mouth with warm salt water and gently use dental floss to dislodge any trapped debris or food.

Apply a cold compress if your child’s face is swollen. You can give them acetaminophen for pain but avoid placing aspirin on the gum or the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. Call your dentist as soon as possible if the pain does not subside.

2. Bit Or Cut The Tongue, Lip or Cheek

You should clean the area gently with water and apply ice to the bruised areas. Apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean cloth if there is bleeding. If the bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by the pressure, take your child to the emergency room.

3. Broken Or Chipped Tooth

Rinse your child’s mouth and clean out the injured area with warm water. Place a cold compress over the face to keep away any swelling. Try to locate and save any broken fragments of the tooth and call the dentist immediately!

4. Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

The very first thing to do is to find the tooth. Only handle the tooth by the top (crown), do not touch the root portion. DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily but you may rinse it.

You could try to reinsert the tooth back into their socket by having your child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean cloth. If it is not possible to reinsert the tooth, keep the tooth in a cup containing milk or water, it’s important to keep the tooth moist. Time is a crucial factor in saving the tooth so call your dentist immediately!

5. Bleeding After Baby Tooth Falls Out

When your child’s baby teeth start falling out, it’s natural that it will start bleeding. You will want to fold and pack a clean cloth and over the bleeding area. Have your child bite down on the cloth with pressure for 15 minutes, you may repeat this only once. If bleeding continues, call your dentist.


3 Tips To Prevent Dental Emergencies

  1. When playing sports, have your child wear a custom mouth guard to protect their teeth from any injuries.
  2. Reduce tripping hazards around the house and use gates to block the stairways or dangerous areas.
  3. Bring your child to their dentist every 6 months to make sure their teeth are strong and healthy.

At Advanced Children’s Dentistry, your Garden City Pediatric Dentist, we want to make sure you and your family are educated and aware of how to react to dental emergencies. Call us today at (516)758-KIDS to reserve your child’s dental care appointment. Advanced Children’s Dentistry is proud to serve the surrounding cities: Mineola, Hempstead, West Hempstead, Franklin Square, Uniondale, New Hyde Park, Westbury, North New Hyde Park, Roosevelt, North Merrick, Roslyn, Carle Place, Williston Park, Old Westbury, Albertson, East Meadow, Garden City Park, Floral Park, East Garden City and many more.

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