An adult going through a dental emergency is, in all likelihood, in a world of pain.
Can you imagine if something like that happened to your child?
No parent wants their kids to suffer in any way, but accidents do happen, and children are likely to experience a dental emergency because of their activities on the playground and on the playing field.
So what do you need to do in case your child suffers a dental emergency? Let’s take a look at some of the more common dental emergencies among kids and find out what you have to do to spare your child from pain or severe dental damage.
1. Broken or fractured teeth. Kids run, jump, and sometimes, play rough. With such activities, children can be prone to breaking or fracturing their teeth with one misstep.
If such an accident takes place, find the piece of the tooth that broke off and put it in a glass of cold milk or water. Have your child rinse off his or her mouth with warm water to make sure there are no tiny fragments left inside that may injure your child’s mouth.
Of course, you should take your child to the dentist immediately.
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2. Knocked-out permanent tooth. Your child could have a permanent tooth knocked out on the playground. Find the tooth as quickly as you, pick it up by the crown and not the roots, and rinse it with cold water.
The tooth can still be re-implanted within 30 minutes or so, so make sure you preserve it by soaking it in a cup of cold milk or water while you’re en route to your emergency dentist.
3. A toothache. Toothaches are common, but watching your child cry out in pain is absolutely heartbreaking. To ease your child’s pain, have him or her gargle a warm salt water solution.
You may also want to take a closer look inside your child’s mouth to see if there’s an object stuck between teeth or if the gums are swollen. Schedule a visit to the dentist the soonest possible time to find out what’s causing the toothache and relieve it at once.
Whatever dental emergency your child is facing, always remember that your job is to take steps that will provide your child temporary relief.
Treating the problem will be entirely up to the dentist, whose office you should bring your child to right away in cases of dental emergencies.
By Stephanie McGuire