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PARENT/CAREGIVERS INFORMATON

What to do in case of an emergency requiring immediate treatment to relieve pain and promote healing. Dental emergencies can happen at anytime, please contact our main phone number to request an emergency appointment.

PAINFUL TOOTHACHES

  • Call a pediatric dentist and visit the office promptly.
  • Rinse the mouth with water and apply a cold compress or ice wrapped in a cloth.
  • Do not put heat or aspirin on the sore area.

A BABY TOOTH IS KNOCKED OUT

  • Contact a pediatric dentist as soon as possible. Quick action can lessen a child’s discomfort and prevent infection.
  • Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling.
  • Spend time comforting the child rather than looking for the tooth. Remember, baby teeth should not be replanted because of potential damage to developing permanent teeth.
  • The pediatric dentist may make an appliance to replace the missing tooth, but this is not needed in every case.

A PERMANENT TOOTH IS KNOCKED OUT

  • Find the tooth. Rinse it gently in cool water. (Do not scrub it or use soap.)
  • Replace the tooth in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze or a wash cloth. (If you cannot put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container, preferably with cold milk.)
  • Take the child and the tooth to a pediatric dental office immediately. (Call the emergency number if it is after hours.)

A TOOTH IS CHIPPED OR BROKEN

  • Contact a pediatric dentist immediately. Fast 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 a parent can find the broken tooth fragment, it is important to take it to the dentist.

CUTS (LACERATIONS) TONGUE or MOUTH

  • Take the child to an emrgency treatment center or a pediatric dental office immediately (Call the emergency number if it is after hours.)
  • Do not put heat or aspirin on the sore area.

FRACTURES – JAW BONE (MANDIBLE)

  • Take the child to an emrgency treatment center or a pediatric dental office immediately (Call the emergency number if it is after hours.)
  • Do not put heat or aspirin on the sore area.

prevention (Athletic Mouth guards)

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