What to do During a Tooth Emergency
A tooth emergency can happen in the blink of an eye. Taking the time to understand how you should react in the event of a dental emergency is the most proactive measure you can take. Regardless of the level of severity, any dental emergency should be treated as such. The best way to improve the chances of saving your child’s permanent tooth is to escort him or her to the emergency room as soon as possible.
We understand how stressful and inconvenient going to the emergency room can be. To help alleviate this headache, we offer our customers services – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – to ensure we are available at the exact time that you need us. For your convenience, we have provided 4 essential rules to consider in the event of a tooth emergency.
Knocking Out A Tooth
The first thing you should do is ensure your child has not sustained any injuries outside of knocking out his or her teeth. After conducting the assessment, complete the following steps:
If the tooth that has been knocked out is an adult tooth or permanent tooth, the best thing you can do is keep it moist at all times. This can be done by placing the tooth in a container or in milk.
If the tooth that was knocked out is a baby tooth, it will not need to be kept moist, however, if possible, you should bring it with you to the dentist.
A Cracked Tooth
In the event that the child cracks his or her tooth, you should immediately rinse the child’s mouth with warm water and salt.
The next step should be to apply a cold compress to alleviate any swelling. A visit to the dentist is still critical in this situation.
A toothache can be soothed with warm water mixed with salt. If you notice swelling, apply a cold compress directly to the area. Consider giving your child a painkiller such as acetaminophen or Ibuprofen. Closely monitor the area, and schedule a visit with your dentist if symptoms persist.
Most tooth injuries happen while playing sports. One proactive measure you can take is to ensure your child wears a mouthguard and helmet while engaging in any physical activity where contact with another person or thing will take place at any given time.
Another proactive measure is to avoid using your teeth and to encourage your child not to use his or her teeth to open objects. Always use alternative resources such as scissors or a knife instead.
Other measures that can be taken in terms of avoiding tooth accidents in the home include childproofing your home. For example, ensure that all cords and wires are out of walkways or common areas. If you can help it, enforce a cleaning standard that ensures all objects are kept out of places where people trip and fall over them.
Finally, visit the dentist twice a year, preferably every 6 months, to ensure your child’s teeth are strong and healthy.