If your child experiences a toothache, use salty warm water to remove food particles lodged between her teeth after carefully cleaning around the aching tooth. It is not advisable to use children’s aspirin on the gum or sore tooth. For temporary relief from pains, use acetaminophen. If your child is experiencing swelling of the face, place a compress on the swollen area. Call us to schedule an appointment, if the pain does not subside after one day.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
Place some ice on the injured area. If there is bleeding, use a clean cloth or sterilized gauze and gently but firmly, apply some pressure to the area. This should stop the bleeding. However, if the bleeding continues beyond 15 minutes, this becomes an emergency and you must visit a hospital immediately.
When there is a breakage of teeth, rinse the affected area thoroughly with warm water. Apply a cold compress on the face over the injured area. Gather the pieces of broken teeth and call our office immediately.
If Your Child Loses an Adult Tooth
Locate the tooth and be careful not to touch the root. Pick it up by the crown and rinse well. If you can, replace the tooth in its socket and immobilize it with some clean cloth or gauze, otherwise put it in a cup of water or milk. Call our office immediately.
Other Emergency Conditions:
Possible Broken Jaw
If you suspect your child’s jaw has been injured, use a tie, towel or any long piece of cloth and tie her mouth shut. Visit an emergency room immediately.
Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out
You can stop this type of bleeding by folding a piece of gauze into a lump, and packing it tightly across the bleeding area. Make plans to see us at our office as quickly as possible if the bleeding persists.
Cold or Canker Sores
Several over-the-counter drugs should give your child relief from this situation. If your child is still uncomfortable, our pediatric dentists can use a laser to alleviate discomfort. The relief may be temporary, but it will last until you come to our office.