Have your child rinse their mouth with warm salt water. If there is swelling, apply a cold compress to the affected area. Give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen for discomfort, and if symptoms last more than a day, please contact us.
Chipped or broken tooth
Have your child rinse with lukewarm water and avoid cold water. Call us immediately to schedule an emergency appointment.
Baby tooth knocked out
Do not try to reinsert a baby tooth. Contact us for more information.
Permanent tooth knocked out
Recover the tooth and pick it up by the top (the chewing surface); never by the root. Rinse the tooth off but don’t handle it more than necessary. If the tooth is not broken, try to reinsert it into the empty socket in your child’s mouth and hold it in place with gauze or a clean cloth. If you cannot reinsert it, place the tooth in a glass of milk or a salt water solution and contact our office immediately.
Cut or bitten lip, cheek or tongue
To stop bleeding, apply firm, gentle pressure with gauze or a clean cloth. If there is swelling, apply a cold compress to the affected area. If needed, give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen for discomfort.
Bleeding after losing a baby tooth
Place gauze or a clean cloth over the bleeding and have your child bite down for 15 minutes. If the bleeding continues, call us for further instructions.
If your child has a very loose baby tooth, it should be removed to avoid being swallowed or inhaled.
Object caught in teeth
If your child has something caught between their teeth, use dental floss to remove it. Never use a metal, plastic, or sharp tool to remove a stuck object. If you are unable to dislodge the item with dental floss, give our office a call.
Dental emergencies happen but many are avoidable. Dr. Pollock recommends that children avoid the following activities to ensure their teeth remain healthy for years to come!
A dental emergency can happen to any child at any time. If your child has an emergency, contact us as soon as possible so we can work you into our appointment schedule. If the emergency occurs after hours, on the weekend, or during the holidays, please call our office at (330) 929-3091.
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