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Emergency Dental Care

Q: If one of my children’s baby teeth is knocked out, what should I do?

Go to your pediatric dentist right away.

Q: If one of my children’s permanent teeth are knocked out, what should I do?

Go to your pediatric dentist immediately! Locate the tooth and rinse it gently in cold water (do not use soap). Try to replace the tooth in the socket and hold it in place 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.

Q: If a tooth is chipped or fractured, what should I do?

Go to your pediatric dentist as soon as possible. Rinse your child’s mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If you find the broken tooth fragment, take it with you to the dentist. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment.

Q: If there is a severe blow to the head or jaw fracture, what should I do?

A blow to the head or jaw fracture can be life threatening. Call 911 or go immediately to the emergency room of your local hospital.

Q: When my children have toothaches, what should I do?

Have your child rinse the mouth with water. Apply a cold compress or ice wrapped in a cloth. Do not put heat or aspirin on the sore area. Call your pediatric dentist and visit the office as soon as possible.

Q: Is there a way to prevent dental injuries?

Yes, you can prevent dental injuries by visiting your pediatric dentist regularly, childproof your home to prevent falls, electrical injuries and choking on small objects. Always use a seat belt in the car, always use a car seat for young children, and reduce oral injury in sports by wearing mouth guards.

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