Q: What do I do if my child is in an accident?
A: If your child has an accident, please call our office as soon as possible. We will see your child immediately. If it is an after-hours emergency, an answering service will relay the message to the Pediatric Dentist on call who will then contact you. The first 30 minutes after an accident are the most critical to treatment of dental trauma.
Q: What should I do if my child has a toothache?
A: Rinse the irritated area with warm salt water and place a cold compress on the face if it is swollen. Use dental floss to dislodge any food that may be impacted. Give the child acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain, rather than directly placing aspirin on the teeth or gums. Finally, see a dentist as soon as possible.
Q: What should I do if my child knocks out a permanent tooth?
A: Find the tooth and rinse it gently in cool water. Hold it by the crown rather than the root and try to reinsert it in the socket if possible. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a gauze. If you can't put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with milk, saliva, or water. If the patient is old enough, the tooth may also be carried in the patient’s mouth (beside the cheek). Get to your dentist's office immediately. Call the emergency number if it is after hours. The faster you act the better your chances of saving the tooth.
Q: What should I do if my child knocks out a primary (baby) tooth?
A: Contact your Pediatric Dentist during business hours. This is not usually an emergency, and in most cases, no treatment is necessary.
Q: What should I do if my child cuts or bites his/her tongue lip or cheek?
A: Apply ice to injured areas to help control swelling. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth. If bleeding cannot be controlled by simple pressure, call a doctor or visit the hospital emergency room.
Q: What should I do if my child falls and chips/fractures a tooth?
A: Contact your pediatric dentist immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling soft tissue swelling. If possible, locate and save any broken tooth fragments and bring them with you to the Pediatric Dentist.
Q: What should I do if my child suffers a severe blow to the head?
A: Take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately.
Q: What should I do if my child has an accident resulting in a possible broken or fractured Jaw?
A: Keep the jaw from moving and take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.