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Emergency Dentist for Children
Because children are active and enjoy running and playing, the chances of them falling and having a mouth injury is unfortunately common. Because this is the case, it is important for parents to have general knowledge about practical approaches to emergency dental care. Having this information and plan in place can go a long way in preventing tooth loss and additional problems for your child.
If your child has experienced facial trauma, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist to make sure that their teeth have not become loosened or damaged. Taking proper measures to address these issues can make a profound impact on whether a tooth is able to be preserved or not. If your child’s tooth has been knocked out, immediately schedule a visit to your dentist to address the bleeding and prevent infections from developing.
Tips for Handling a Dental Emergency
If you are currently facing a dental emergency with your child, there are several things you should address, including the following:
- Check to see if any bleeding is occurring
- If there is bleeding, apply pressure to the area
- Once the bleeding has stopped or slowed down, clean the wound
- After the wound has been cleaned, try to assess the severity of the injury. If the severity seems sufficient, take your child to their dentist or doctor as soon as possible.
If your child’s tooth has been knocked out, it is important that you avoid handling the tooth as much as possible. If possible, place the tooth back in your child’s mouth and have them bite down on a wet gauze or tea bag. It is important that you instruct them to be careful not to swallow their tooth while it is this loose. If you are not able to place the tooth back in the socket, wash the tooth off to remove any visible dirt, and then place the tooth in a container that either contains their saliva or milk until you are able to visit with your dentist or oral surgeon. You may also want to apply a cold compress to address any bleeding that is occurring.
If the tooth or teeth that have been knocked out are baby teeth, your dentist will determine whether the tooth needs to be replanted. This will be determined by the age of your child, how well developed their teeth are in general, and the condition of the tooth that has been knocked out.
Dental First Aid Kit Materials
One of the best ways to be prepared for an emergency dental visit for your child is to have an emergency dental first aid kit on hand. The following items should be included in your emergency kit:
- Cold compress
- Small Cup
Be sure to keep your dental first aid kit in a place that is easy to find, optimally next to your regular first aid kit. Being ready to take quick and decisive action when an emergency occurs can make a tremendous difference in the outcome of your child’s case.
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