If your child has bitten his lip or tongue severely enough to cause bleeding, clean the area gently with water and use a cold compress (towel or washcloth) to reduce swelling. Give us a call to help determine how serious the bruise is.
If your child has something caught between his teeth, use dental floss to gently remove it. If you are unable to remove the item with dental floss, give us a call. Never use a metal, plastic, or sharp tool to remove objects caught between teeth.
If your child has a very loose tooth, it should be removed to avoid being swallowed or aspirated.
If your child complains of a toothache, inspect the teeth to be sure there is nothing caught between them. Do not apply heat or any kind of pain reliever directly to the affected area as this can cause damage to the gums. Children's pain relievers may be taken orally. Schedule an appointment immediately.
If your child has broken or chipped a tooth, rinse the mouth with water then apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. Try to locate and save the tooth fragment that broke off. Call us immediately.
If your child's permanent tooth has been knocked out of the mouth, find the tooth and rinse it with plain water. Hold the tooth by the crown (the part you can see when it is in the mouth). Place the tooth back in its socket and hold it in place with a clean towel or cloth. If you are unable to return the tooth into its socket, place it in a clean container with milk. In either case, call us immediately and/or head to the hospital. Your quick actions may save a permanent tooth.
Primary teeth are generally not re-implanted. If one of your child's primary teeth has been knocked out, schedule a visit to our practice as soon as possible so we can ensure there are no fragments of tooth remaining in the gums.
If you suspect your child has sustained a broken jaw, apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. Call our office number and/or head to the hospital immediately. In many cases, a broken jaw is the result of a blow to the head. Severe blows to the head can be dangerous and even life threatening.