Addressing Common Dental Accidents
We understand that accidents happen. When a dental emergency arises, the first thing to remember is not to panic. Kids First Dentistry has prepared a simple guide that will help you address some common problems before seeking the appropriate dental or medical care.
Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out
A small amount of blood after a baby tooth is lost is normal. Apply a piece of clean folded gauze to the site and hold firmly in place. Have your child bite down on the dressing for around 15 minutes. If bleeding continues, call our office.
Canker Sores or Cold Sores
These can be painful, but will heal on their own. Over-the-counter medication can help relieve symptoms. If sores persist or will not heal, contact your dentist.
Rinsing with warm salt water will help remove any food particles that might be irritating the tooth. Clean around the affected tooth with dental floss or a toothbrush. Acetaminophen can be used to relieve pain; do not use aspirin. A cold compress can help relieve facial swelling. Schedule an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible.
Follow these steps to address a broken tooth:
- Rinse injury site with warm water
- Place cold compress over injury site
- Recover tooth fragments
- Immediately contact a Fairfield dentist
Possible Broken Jaw
Carefully tie the mouth closed with a tie or towel before immediately going to the nearest emergency room.
Bites or Cuts to Lips, Tongue, or Cheek
A clean cloth or sterile gauze pad can be applied to any bleeding injury; an ice compress can be applied to any bruises. If bleeding persists after more than 15 minutes of gentle pressure on the injury, go to the nearest emergency room.
Permanent Teeth Knocked Out
Recover the tooth being sure to handle by the crown and root ends. Rinse the tooth briefly but do not handle or clean it more than necessary. If you can, reinsert the tooth into the socket and hold it gently in place with a piece of sterile gauze. Any tooth that cannot be reinserted can be placed in a clean glass of water or milk. See a dentist immediately; time is critical after this kind of accident.
Contact Us Today
Kids First Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics is equipped to handle many different dental emergencies. If you have questions, please contact our office at (203) 255-6851 and a friendly staff member will be happy to help.