Understanding Children's Dental Needs
Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you use aspirin or any other medicament on the aching tooth or on the gum. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen or ibuprofen is recommended with prior approval from child's pediatrician or dentist. Schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible.
Fold a piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Ask the child to bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes; if bleeding continues, see a dentist.
Remove a broken appliance only if it comes out easily. If it is lodged or painful to remove, cover any protruding edges with wax, cotton balls, gauze or chewing gum. DO NOT REMOVE any wire caught in the gums, cheek or tongue. Schedule appointment immediately. Emergency attention is usually not required for loose or broken appliances that cause no discomfort.
Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Get immediate dental appointment.
Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If sores persist, visit your dentist.
Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, please take your child to an emergency room.
This is an indication that the dental pulp (nerve) is infected either due to deep decay or previous trauma to the tooth. Please schedule an appointment with us immediately. Medicines for pain relief may be given after prior approval with a dentist or pediatrician.
Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root end. Ask the child to hold cold water in the mouth for a few seconds to remove dirt, blood clots. Avoid rinsing vigorously or tampering with the gum from where the tooth is knocked-out. Ask him/her to close on clean cotton/gauze/handkerchief.
Rinse the recovered knocked-out tooth immediately under tap water, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing cold milk or water. Because time is essential, see a dentist immediately.
In the event of jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel or handkerchief. Take the child immediately to an emergency room.