Summer is finally here! The days are longer which means more time for fun, but also more opportunities for minor dental emergencies. Below is a list of some common dental emergencies and helpful advice on how to deal with them.  Remember that you can always give us a call if additional assistance is needed. All CPDO offices have someone on call 24/7 to help!

For a toothache:

  • Try to clean around the tooth & have the child rinse with warm salt water.
  • Give an appropriate dose of Children’s Motrin or Tylenol (if approved by their pediatrician).
  • Place a cold compress on the mouth / jaw area where the pain is concentrated.
  • Call our office to schedule an appointment.

If a permanent tooth gets knocked out:

  • Apply pressure to the area if it is bleeding.
  • Handle the tooth by the crown (not the root) and rinse it gently (no scrubbing)
  • Try to put the tooth back in the socket. If you cannot get it back in the socket, put the tooth in a glass of milk.
  • Call our office right away as time is of the essence

If a tooth gets chipped:

  • Rinse the child’s mouth out with warm salt water.
  • Try to locate the broken piece of the tooth to bring with you to our office.
  • Place a cold compress on the mouth / lip area that is injured.
  • If needed, give an appropriate dose of Children’s Motrin or Tylenol (if approved by their pediatrician).
  • Call our office to schedule an appointment.

Bitten Tongue, Cheek or Lip:

  • Wash the area gently.
  • Place a cold compress on the area to reduce any swelling.
  • For bleeding, apply firm, gentle pressure with a clean gauze or cloth
  • If the area is still bleeding after 15 minutes,  head to the nearest emergency room or the child’s normal pediatrician’s office.

To help prevent dental injuries, make sure everyone wears proper mouth protection while playing, such as a mouthguard. If there are small children in the home, make sure that hard surfaces are protected in case of falls. And, of course, make sure everyone is properly restrained in car seats at all times that the vehicle is in motion. Our office is always available should you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s dental health.

Have a safe and happy summer!

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