Whether you child chips a tooth on candy or they knock one out while tobogganing, it’s important to know exactly how to react should an emergency occur during the holidays.
The first thing to know is that if an accident occurs, our team at Bird Pediatric is ready to help. We will always welcome your call.
Secondly, there are a few things you can do before you bring your child in that will improve the outcome. Here are a few tips about how to handle common dental emergencies – the ones we see most often.
Toothache – The pain of a toothache can be sharp and piercing, or more generalized and throbbing – usually due to tooth decay. Pain will likely become worse instead of better, so call us as soon as your child’s discomfort begins, and we’ll fit them in quickly. For temporary relief, hold a warm cloth against the affected cheek. If the area around the tooth is swollen, you can also use a cool compress intermittently. Remember though, never put ice directly against their skin. Wrap it (or bag of frozen peas) in a tea towel before applying.
Chipped Or Broken Tooth – The best way to manage tooth fractures is to prevent them. For any sport where there’s even the smallest risk of contact with another player or any surface, everyone should wear a professionally-fitted mouthguard.
If a tooth does get chipped, use warm water to rinse off as much dirt as possible from the chipped piece and place it in a glass of milk. Call us right away and we’ll fit your child in asap.
Broken teeth can almost always be saved, but it’s important that you call us immediately. We’ll ask you to explain what happened and we’ll arrange an appointment right away.
Knocked Out Tooth – Get your child to bite on some gauze or a clean cloth to stop any bleeding. For a permanent tooth, handle it by the shiny enamel crown only and rinse it gently under clean water. Remove the gauze and try to place the tooth back in its socket within 10 minutes. If that’s not possible, submerge the tooth in milk. Either way, call us immediately and bring your child in right away! As time lapses, the opportunity to save the tooth reduces quickly.
In all dental emergencies, it is crucial that you get your child to Bird Pediatric Dentistry in Charlotte as quickly as possible. We can evaluate the extent of the injury and make any necessary repairs quickly and safely.
We’re your child’s emergency dentist – during the holidays and throughout the year! With compassion and gentle care, we’ll have them smiling in no time! Call us today!
Yours in excellent dental health,
Dr. Suzanne Bird, your child’s Charlotte emergency dentist