Getting strong and healthy teeth begin at the childhood level. It’s integral that you brush your child’s teeth when S/he is young. In fact, your kid’s teeth need brushing at least two times a day: in the morning and at night right before going to bed. An ailing tooth is one of the most painful experiences your child can experience. It can cause a lot of discomforts, pain, and even a lack of appetite, which is disconcerting to any parent.
Dental accidents can arise at all hours, anywhere, and immediate treatment is key. If some of the issues are not handled promptly, saving the tooth can prove to be futile. So what exactly constitutes to be a pediatric dental emergency? Dentist doctor care is any immediate dental service that can quickly alleviate a child’s oral anguish. Services provided can also include repairing any structural damage to the tooth, restoration, pain management, and other underlying issues that, if left untreated, could worsen.
Having an understanding as to how to deal with such emergencies can prove to be the difference whether your child will grow up with a bright white smile on their face. For any dental accidents, it’s integral to contact your pediatric dentist immediately. Here are some common dental emergencies you can expect to encounter:
Toothaches are a common occurrence in kids of all ages and rarely happen without cause. A toothache can range from a measly minor irritation to an actual dental emergency. Impacted food can result in a lot of discomfort amongst young children and can be removed by using dental floss, a clean fingernail, or toothbrush. Dental floss is the best to dislodge food that may be caught between the teeth.
DO NOT attempt applying aspirin on your kid’s aching gums or tooth; it may end up burning the gum tissues. If the child is still in discomfort, contact your pediatric dentist.
The soft flesh of cheeks, lips, and the tongue coupled together with their open location leave them open to serious injury. Children are generally exposed to a lot of dangers when playing various sports, which can lead to such injuries. A blow or punch to the face can cause your lips/cheeks to crush against the teeth, which can result in significant damage. Your teeth can suddenly bite your tongue after a blow or fall. Either way, any cut inside your mouth will bleed heavily thanks to the generous supply of blood there.
So how do you deal with these sorts of injuries? Use a clean, sterile gauze or cloth to apply gentle but firm direct pressure to help with the bleeding. For the swelling, apply ice to the bruised area. If the bleeding persists after 15 minutes, even with pressure applied, head straight to the emergency room immediately.
A knocked-out tooth definitely constitutes as a dental emergency. It’s never fun losing a tooth all of a sudden, especially when an injury is involved. A permanent tooth can especially be painful, given how it’s deeply rooted. So what do you do? Locate the tooth first. Hold it from the top (that is the crown), not the root. If dirty, rinse in water or lick it clean. Try reinserting the tooth in position. Have the child bite down on a cloth or clean gauze to hold the tooth in position.
If you’re unable to put it back into its socket, put the tooth in water or milk and go to the dentist immediately. In this case, time is of critical importance if you want to save the tooth. The earlier the Knocked Out Permanent Tooth is re-implanted, the higher the chances of it embedding itself into the gum. Pediatric dentists always try re-implanting the avulsed permanent tooth unless the situation is irreparable. But in most cases, the procedure is successful within the first hour of avulsion.
For a knocked-out baby tooth, don’t try reinserting it back – go to an emergency pediatric dentist immediately. Losing a baby tooth can turn out to be no big deal or something needing a bit more attention. Either way, the good part is that baby teeth aren’t usually deeply affixed as permanent teeth. Trying to re-attach it back can end up causing permanent damage. But you’ll have to locate the tooth to rule out the possibility of chocking.
A quick response can prove to be the difference in saving your child’s tooth. You can minimize the need for undergoing extensive dental treatment and avoid infection by rinsing out the mouth with warm water to ensure no food fragments are stuck in the jaw and or cheek. To reduce the swelling, apply cold compresses.
Try preserving the tooth portion that has broken off. If possible, try locating and saving the tooth fragments in cold milk until you reach the dentist. This way, the medical practitioner may be able to bond the fragments back.
If you think your child to have a possible Broken or Fractured Jaw from accidents, trauma, or Sports/Activity related injuries, you need to go to the Emergency Room ASAP! But meanwhile, immobilize the jaw with a scarf, necktie, towel or handkerchief.
In any of these cases, having a doc on-call can prove to be of huge significance to you. One cannot really understate the importance of having strong and healthy teeth all through to adulthood. So don’t set your child up failure later on in life. Contract a pro for immediate and effective treatment of any of the aforementioned dental emergencies.
Remember that introducing a healthy diet to your kid can only result in healthy teeth. Have them drink milk and water instead and some healthy snacks like whole fruit, cheese, or yogurt. If your child is more into recreational physical activities, you can protect their teeth from getting injured by fitting them with mouth guards. Also, going for occasional pediatric dentist checkups is essential if you want to ascertain the continual growth and health of their teeth.