Sometimes even with the best preventative steps, your child may suffer a dental emergency. The Avalon Dental Team is always available to help your child in our office or over the phone, but just in case I have compiled the most common childhood dental emergencies and management recommendations for your quick reference.
For your reference, please keep our emergency contact number handy and you will be directed on how to contact us for emergency care during business hours or even after hours.
Emergency contact: 281-240-5559
Common Dental Emergencies and Recommendations for Care:
- Q: What should I do if my child’s baby tooth is knocked out?
A: Contact us dentist as soon as possible. Do NOT attempt to replace the tooth into the socket.
- Q: What should I do if my child’s permanent tooth is knocked out?
A: Find the tooth and rinse gently in cool water. (Do not scrub it or clean it with soap.) If possible, replace the tooth in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze or a wash cloth. If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with milk, saliva, or water. Contact our office immediately. Our emergency operator will contact us after hours if necessary. The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth.
- Q: What if a tooth is chipped or fractured?
A: If your child is in pain or if there is obvious bleeding from the chipped area, contact us immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply compresses to reduce swelling.
- Q: What about a severe blow to the head or jaw fracture?
A: Go immediately to the emergency room of your local hospital. A blow to the head or jaw can be life threatening.
- Q: What if my child has a toothache?
A: Call our office promptly. To comfort your child, rinse the mouth with room temperature water. Apply a cold compress to ease the pain. If your child can take children’s ibuprofen then administer the proper dose according to the manufacturer. Do NOT put heat or aspirin directly on the sore area.
- Q: Can dental injuries be prevented?
A: Absolutely! First, reduce oral injuries in sports by wearing mouth guards. Second, always use a car seat for young children. Require seat belts for everyone else in the car. Third, child proof your home to prevent falls, electrical injuries, and choking on small objects. Fourth, protect your child from unnecessary toothaches with regular dental visits and preventative care.
Again, remember that time is of the essence in cases of dental emergencies, and your team here at Avalon Dental are ready to assist in the unfortunate event we are needed.
Dental Topics: Prevention Through Education
The field of dentistry has benefitted greatly from the advancements in materials and technologies to help promote good oral health. Yet as a dentist myself, I've seen that my profession has embraced these new technologies at the risk of spending less time promoting "prevention through education." The truth is the healthiest mouths are not the mouths of the wealthiest people, but rather the mouths of educated people. This blog is my effort to educate the public and promote good oral health.