If you find your child having a dental emergency, call our office right away! We’ll work hard to get you in quickly and give your child the care they need.
How to Treat a Toothache
Before calling the dentist, try a few things to relieve the pain of a toothache. A cold compress can be applied to the outside of the mouth if there is swelling. Flossing around the problem tooth can remove any food that may be causing the tooth pain. Rinse the mouth with warm salt water. If the toothache persists, call our office and we’ll get them in to examine their tooth.
Broken or Lost Permanent Tooth
If your child’s permanent tooth is broken or falls out, try to save as much of the tooth as you can. Handle the tooth from the top, not the roots, and place it in a cup of milk until you come into the dentist. If a tooth has fallen out and you can place it back in the socket, have your child hold the tooth in place with gauze until you see the dentist. Saving a tooth can be done but time is always a factor, so call our office immediately if a permanent tooth is lost or broken. If your child loses a baby tooth keep it to show the dentist but do not try to put it back into the socket.
Broken braces or wires don’t always require an immediate dental visit. However, if the wires poke into your child’s gums or cheek, do not attempt to take it out. Come into the dentist right away. If there is a broken wire and it hasn’t caused any harm, use sterilized clippers to shorten it and wrap it in gauze so it does not cause any injury to the mouth.
Bleeding After A Baby Tooth Falls Out
After a baby tooth falls out, there may be a small amount of bleeding. Place a clean piece of gauze or cloth over the bleeding area. Have your child bite down on the gauze softly for 10-15 minutes. Your child can repeat this process again if necessary, however if bleeding persists, please call our office so we can evaluate the situation and offer advice.
If you believe your child’s jaw may be broken, take them to the nearest hospital as our office does not treat jaw fractures. If you need an oral surgeon, we can offer a referral. Keep your child from moving their jaw as much as possible until they can be seen.
Cold Or Canker Sores
Many children occasionally suffer from “cold” or “canker” sores. Over-the-counter medications like Zilactin-B will usually provide relief. Some serious diseases begin as sores, so if sores persist, please schedule a dental evaluation.
No questions or concern is too small when involving your child! If you have any dental emergencies or concerns, don’t hesitate to call Katy Kids Dentist and we’ll give you advice or get your child in for an exam if necessary. If you experience a dental emergency in Katy, TX, give our office a call today!