When my son was eight months old, he had the cutest little smile, complete with two bottom front teeth. He also had the most adventurous spirit and was trying to learn to walk. One day, when I was home for lunch, he was pulling himself up on the window sill. Suddenly, he lost his balance and came crashing down, face first onto the window. Through the tears and blood, I quickly assessed that he had almost completely knocked out his two teeth. We had a dental emergency on our hands and quick action saved both teeth.
If you have children, you may have been in a similar situation. Learning to walk, riding bikes, wrestling with siblings, playing sports and just being a kid can lead to dental accidents needing emergency dental work. Some immediate action can help to ease the stress of a dental emergency. If you’re not sure how to find an emergency dentist for your kid or what to do immediately after an accident, you’ve come to the right place.
What to do:
If your child knocks out a tooth. Pick up the tooth by the top (crown). Place the tooth in a small container of milk. Use a cold compress to reduce swelling and call your dental office immediately.
If your child cracks a tooth. Immediately rinse mouth with warm water to clean the area. Call the office as soon as possible to have the tooth checked.
If your child bites his/her tongue or lip. Clean gently with warm water. Apply a cold compress to help reduce swelling.
If your child has a toothache. Rinse with warm water. Gently floss to remove any debris that might be causing discomfort. Call the dental office.
The following precautions can be taken to avoid dental injuries:
- Always wear a mouthguard to participate in sports
- Avoid popcorn kernels and hard candies
- NEVER tear open a package with your teeth! (Stick with scissors)
It is also helpful to keep the following supplies on hand in case your child has a dental emergency:
- Small container with a lid
- Ice Pack
- Our office phone number: (816) 479-5562. We are always here to help!