We know you love your child and want what’s best for them. If your child has suffered a fall or accident that has any of the following, please reference this list below for information about how to care for your child. Please call us with any concerns.
Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth of any excess food and thoroughly clean around the sore tooth. Do not use aspirin on the aching tooth or gum, use acetaminophen instead. Apply a cold compress to the area if you have any facial swelling. If the pain continues for more than a day, contact Magnolia Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek
Apply ice to any bruised areas. If there is bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues for more than 15 minutes, go to the nearest emergency room.
Possible Broken Jaw
In the event of a jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie, or handkerchief. Go immediately to the nearest emergency room.
Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out
If a baby tooth falls out and the gum continues to bleed, place a piece of gauze firmly over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes to stop the bleeding. If the bleeding continues, see a dentist immediately.
If you break a tooth, try to recover as many bone fragments as possible. Rinse the area with warm water and apply a cold compress over the area of the broken tooth. Contact Magnolia Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics immediately for emergency dental assistance.
Try to recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the top (crown) and not by the root. Rinse with water, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than is necessary. Insert the tooth into the socket, holding it in place with a clean cloth or gauze. If the tooth can’t be reinserted, carry it in a cup of water or milk. Go see a dentist immediately, time of the essence.
Cold or Canker Sores
Temporary relief can usually be found with over-the-counter medications. If the sores persist, visit your dentist.