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Emergency Oral Health Prevention

How to Fix a Dental Emergency

A Real Summer Bummer

Now that we’re all getting back out there and enjoying the active lives we all love, there’s a greater risk to our oral health in terms of a dental emergency. Issues such as these can cause injury to the teeth, gums, and mouth. At our Spring pediatric dental office, we understand that accidents happen and that they’re also kind of scary for patients and their parents. We want you to relax, and let us help you through. 

What Do You Do With a Knocked-Out Tooth?

Once the tooth falls out, the first thing everyone should NOT do is panic. Remaining calm helps to avoid added stress that can make the situation worse. Check the area where the tooth fell out to make sure there are no other additional serious injuries. Now, focus all you can on saving the tooth, but only if it’s permanent. If your little happens to lose a baby tooth, schedule a visit with your Spring pediatric dentist as soon as you can. We want to check and make sure that there’s no harm done to your child’s adult teeth. 

Back to saving the permanent tooth that’s now knocked out. You can try:

1) Only touch the top of the tooth to not harm any of the roots

2) Give it a gentle water rinse

3) Try to place it back in the open socket

4) Use gauze to help control any bleeding

5) Call our Spring pediatric dental office ASAP

(P.S. Can’t get the tooth in the socket? Try placing in a cup of milk or saliva, but don’t let it sit in water. Take it to the dentist immediately.)

What Happens with a Chipped or Broken Tooth Dental Emergency?

A fall. A ball. A wall. These things and so much more can all lead to a chipped or broken tooth. If something breaks, just like with a knocked-out tooth, don’t panic. Have your child rinse their mouth with warm water, checking for any lost pieces of tooth. If you find something, you can rinse that too. If there’s any bleeding, it’s OK to apply slight pressure and gauze. Call your pediatric dentist in Spring as soon as possible to get fixed up fast. 

Should I Worry About a Toothache?

Think of tooth pain as your body’s way of saying, “Something’s not quite right here.” To help ease the discomfort until your little one can see the dentist, you can have them rinse their mouth with warm saltwater. The salted water can help to reduce swelling and ward off an attack from harmful bacteria. A cold compress can be placed on the cheek to also help with any related pain. 

In the event of a dental emergency in your house or backyard, it’s always important to speak to our pediatric dental office in Spring as soon as you can. We’re here for you to lend a helping, healing hand with comfort and compassion. You and your child’s smile are always safe with us.