Pediatric Dental Emergencies

If Your Child Has a Toothache

Clean the area of the affected tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge impacted food or debris. If the pain persists, call our office. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. If your child’s face is swollen, apply cold compresses and contact our office immediately. If the office is closed because it’s a weekend or evening, our office phone (281) 973-38378 provides instructions for dental emergencies after hours.

If Your Child Cuts or Bites His | Her Tongue, Lip or Cheek

Apply ice to the bruised areas. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze pad or clean cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.

If One of Your Child’s Permanent Teeth is Knocked Out

Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown (the top part), not the root portion (the portion normally unseen). You may rinse the tooth with cold water (no soap), but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is sound, try to reinsert it in the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a piece of sterile gauze. Call our office immediately. Your child will need to be seen as soon as possible.

If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s saliva or milk. If the patient is old enough and won’t swallow the tooth, the tooth may also be carried in the patient’s mouth. But don’t delay – your child must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.

If One of Your Child’s Baby Teeth is Knocked Out

Call us at the office. Usually, no treatment is necessary, but it’s worth a phone call to be certain.

If One of Your Child’s Permanent Teeth Is Chipped or Fractured

Contact our office immediately – your child will probably need to be seen as soon as possible. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse your child’s mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If possible, locate and save any broken tooth fragments and bring them with you when you come to the office.

If One of Your Child’s Baby Teeth Is Chipped or Fractured

Call the office.  In the meantime, make sure your child has no other injury. Often a lip may also be bruised or bleeding. Clean the area and apply cold compresses to keep the lip from swelling more.

If Your Child Suffers A Possible Broken or Fractured Jaw

Keep the jaw from moving and take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.

Avoiding Injury

You can help your child avoid dental emergencies. Childproof your house to avoid falls. Don’t let your child chew on ice, popcorn kernels, or other hard foods. Always use car seats for young children and require seat belts for older children. And if your child plays contact sports, have him wear a mouthguard. Ask us about creating a custom-fitted mouthguard for your child. Finally, prevent toothaches with regular brushing, flossing, and visits to our office.