Clean the area of the affected tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge any food that may be impacted. If the pain still exists, contact your child's dentist. Do not place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. If the face is swollen apply cold compresses and contact Ingalls Pediatric dentistry immediately.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
Apply ice to injured areas. If there is bleeding apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, call a doctor or visit the hospital emergency room.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
If possible, find the tooth. Handle it by the crown, not by the root. You may rinse the tooth but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is sound, try to reinsert it in the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a gauze. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s saliva or milk. If the patient is old enough, the tooth may also be carried in the patient’s mouth. The patient must see Ingalls Pediatric dentistry IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.
Knocked Out Baby Tooth
Contact Ingalls Pediatric dentistry during business hours. This is not usually an emergency and in most cases no treatment is necessary.
Chipped or Fractured Tooth
Contact Ingalls Pediatric dentistry immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If possible, locate and save any broken tooth fragments and bring them with you to the dentist.
Severe Blow to the Head
Take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately.