Dental emergencies aren’t just for adults. Unfortunately, children can face dental emergencies as well. As a parent, it can be hard to watch your child go through a painful situation, but if you’re armed with the right information, it’s easier to navigate these situations.
These are some of the most common dental emergencies for kids along with tips on what to do and when to contact an emergency dentist.
When a child falls, gets hit by a ball, or sustains a range of other injuries, their tooth may get cracked. If your child is suffering from a cracked or fractured tooth, contact the emergency dentist to make an appointment. In the meantime, if you have any dental wax, put that over the jagged parts of the tooth to protect your child’s mouth from scratches.
Knocked Out Tooth
In some cases, the tooth doesn’t just get fractured. It actually gets knocked out. When that happens, you also need to contact the emergency dentist right away. Before calling the dentist, make sure that the tooth doesn’t dry out.
Rinse off the dirt or debris. Then, put the tooth in a small container of saliva, whole milk, or a product made for this purpose. Some drug stores carry products such as Save-a-Tooth.
If your child complains of tooth sensitivity, this is a sign that the enamel on their tooth is wearing down. This may occur with very sweet foods as well as with hot or cold temperatures, and it’s often a sign of cavities. However, it is not a true emergency. You should contact a dentist so they can make an appointment to fill any cavities and strengthen the enamel. However, in most cases, you don’t need to contact an emergency dentist unless your child is complaining of extreme pain.
If a tooth ache is so bad that it wakes your child up in the middle of the night, that tooth needs to be treated right away, and you should contact an emergency dentist. If the pain comes and goes, try to make an appointment as soon as possible. Also, take steps to relieve your child’s pain.
Over-the-counter pain relief can help. Also, encourage your child to rinse with warm salt water. That gets rid of bacteria and can help subdue some pain. Some people also find relief by chewing on clove sticks or rubbing a bit of clove in the affected area.
This falls into the same category as a tooth ache, but it’s much worse. If your child has a dental abscess, they need help extremely quickly. An abscess is when the decay goes into the root of the tooth. Your child may have swollen gums and a fever. Getting help as soon as possible is critical—if you ignore a dental abscess, the infection can spread to the rest of your child’s body.
If your child needs an emergency dentist or just a routine appointment, contact Dentistry for Children and Teens today. We can help. We also offer sedation and orthodontic services for kids who need that.