Dental traumas are often much harder on parents than they are on kids. When an accident or dental emergency occurs or an issue arises, it’s best to call your pediatric dentist right away. They’ll help you figure out how to respond and keep your child comfortable until staff are available to provide care.

Knocked-Out Permanent Tooth
The tooth should be handled by the crown. If debris is present on the root, gently rinse it with water. Do not scrub or remove attached tissue. If possible, re-implant the tooth immediately. Otherwise, preserve the tooth using a Save-A-Tooth kit from your pharmacy, a cup of milk or the child’s saliva. Call your pediatric dentist immediately.

Toothache
Rinse your child’s mouth with warm water. Use dental floss to remove any food that may be trapped between teeth. If the pain continues, call your pediatric dentist.

Broken Tooth/Knocked-Out Baby Tooth
Rinse your child’s mouth with warm water, and apply a cold compress. Preserve the fragments/tooth using a Save-A-Tooth kit from your pharmacy, a cup of milk or the child’s saliva. Call your pediatric dentist immediately.

Bleeding After Loss of Baby Tooth
Pack gauze over the bleeding area. Have your child bite gauze for 15 minutes. Repeat once if necessary. If bleeding continues, call your pediatric dentist.

Broken Brace/Wires
If the broken piece can be removed easily, do so. If not, cover sharp edges with dental wax, which can be found in the dental aisle of your pharmacy. If the loose/broken appliance does not bother your child, it most likely does not require emergency attention. Call your pediatric dentist with questions and to schedule a follow up visit.

Cold/Canker Sores
Applying vitamin E oil may provide relief for the occasional sore. Some serious diseases begin as sores, so it is important to see your pediatric dentist if they persist.

Bitten Tongue/Lip
Clean gently with a cloth and apply a cold compress. If bleeding is excessive or persistent, call your pediatric dentist or go to the emergency room.

These basic guidelines are provided for informational purposes only. This information is not intended to take the place of an examination or consultation with your pediatric dentist or other healthcare professionals. Use of this information does not in any way imply a doctor-patient relationship.

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