Toothache: Clean the area of the affected tooth.
Rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge
any food that may be impacted. If the pain still exists, contact your child's dentist. Do
not place aspirin or heat on the gum or on the aching tooth. If the face is
swollen, apply cold compresses and contact your dentist immediately.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek: 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.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth:
If possible, find the tooth. Handle it
by the crown, not by the root. You may rinse the tooth with water only. DO NOT clean
with soap, scrub or handle the
tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is sound, try to reinsert it
in the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a gauze. If you
cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patients
saliva or milk. If the patient is old enough, the tooth may also be carried in the patients mouth
(beside the cheek). The patient
must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.
Knocked Out Baby Tooth: Contact your
pediatric dentist during business hours. This is not usually an
emergency, and in most cases, no treatment is necessary.
Chipped or Fractured Permanent Tooth:
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. If
possible, locate and save any broken tooth fragments and bring them with you
to the dentist.
Chipped or Fractured Baby Tooth: Contact
our office at (310) 545-4549.
Severe Blow to the Head: Take your child to the nearest hospital
emergency room immediately.
Possible Broken or Fractured Jaw: Keep
the jaw from moving and take your child to the nearest hospital emergency