How to Handle a Dental Emergency Involving a Child

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Generally, people think baby teeth aren’t necessary, which means that if a dental problem or emergency occurs, there’s not much to worry about. Little did they know, baby teeth serve many purposes, like guiding permanent teeth into place and more, and it’s important to care for them as much as possible. So, if your child suffers an oral emergency, our Southwest Dental LLC dental team encourages you to do the following things:

-For a knocked-out tooth: If the tooth was knocked out prematurely, keep it moist at all times. You can try to put the tooth back into place without forcing it or you can have your child keep it between their gums and cheeks. If these options are not suitable, you can place the tooth in a cup of milk. Call your dentist right away.

-For a cracked tooth: Swish the mouth with warm water as soon as possible. This will clean the area. Then, place a cold compress just outside the area to keep the swelling down. Remember to call your dentist.

-For a bitten lip or tongue: Gently clean the area and relieve pain and swelling with a cold compress.

-For a toothache: Swish around the mouth with warm water to clean the area. Then, gently use dental floss to clean on both sides of the tooth. If this doesn’t help relieve the pain, call the dentist. Your child might have a cavity. Please do not place pain medications directly on the gums or tooth.

-For an object stuck between teeth: Try to remove the object with dental floss and do not try to remove it with sharp or pointed instruments.

If you have any questions about dental injuries or emergencies in Taylorsville, Utah, please call Southwest Dental LLC at 801-685-3429. We will be happy to talk you through the situation until you meet with one of our caring dentists, Drs. Victor O. Pickett, Nick J. Rudelich, Curtis S. Condie, Michael H. Loeser, and Luke J. Rudelich.