We aim at preventing any dental emergency, but at times it is essential to provide urgent dental care. We can make your child feel pain-free and happy whenever he/she faces a dental emergency. But before visiting a dentist, you can follow some first-aid steps during such dental emergencies:
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
Apply ice onto the bruised areas. If it’s bleeding, then apply firm but gentle pressure using a clean gauze or cloth. In a few minutes, if the bleeding still continues, then take the child to the emergency room as soon as possible.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
Find out the tooth and hold it by the top, not the root portion. Now rinse the tooth, but don’t clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Try reinserting it into its socket. Make your child hold the tooth in its position by biting on a clean gauze or cloth. If you are unable to reinsert the tooth, then place it in a cup of milk or water. Visit the dentist immediately, as time would be a vital factor in saving the tooth.
Clean the area around the aching tooth thoroughly. Using some warm salt water, rinse the mouth or remove trapped food or debris with dental floss. It is advised not to place aspirin on the gum or on the sore tooth. If the face is swollen, then apply a cold compress and call the dentist as soon as possible.
With warm water, rinse the dirt from the area of the injury. Now place cold compresses over the face in the injured area. Find the broken tooth fragments and save them and visit the dentist immediately.
Possible Broken Jaw
If you suspect a fractured jaw, then try keeping the jaw from moving with the help of a towel, tie or handkerchief. Take the child to the emergency room as soon as possible.
Bleeding After Baby Tooth Falls Out
If a baby tooth falls out, then fold and pack a clean gauze or cloth over the area of bleeding. Make the child bite on the gauze with pressure for a few minutes. If bleeding persists, then call the dentist.
Most of the children often suffer from cold or canker sores. This condition could be relieved with over-the-counter medicines. Usually, some severe diseases start as sores, so it is necessary to visit the dentist if these sores persist.
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