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Dental Injuries

Your Guide to First Aid for Children

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As parents, you know the joy of watching your children’s first teeth emerge and others fill in as they mature. Healthy teeth are an important part of your children’s development. The teeth aid in the first step of the digestive process. They also contribute to the development of proper speech and facial appearance.

Once children become active, however, their slips, trips and falls may result in damage to the teeth. We here at Dentistry 4 Kids & Teens 2 are experienced in the care of dental injuries in children of all ages. We’d like to offer some tips on managing dental injuries, including first aid before you arrive at our office.

Mild mouth injury with loosening of teeth

  • Rinse with cold water.
  • Schedule a non-urgent visit to the dentist for examination.
  • Administer over-the-counter pain medication.
  • Maintain a soft diet for two weeks.
  • Watch for changes in tooth color.

Mild injury to baby teeth and gums

  • Press wet gauze to gum area.
  • Offer an ice pop to relieve pain and swelling.
  • Call the dentist for instructions.
  • Administer over-the-counter pain medication.
  • Watch for swelling, fever or continuing pain.

Injury to tooth and gums with tooth in socket but pushed out of place

  • Arrange for a prompt visit to the dentist for examination and treatment.
  • Rinse the mouth with cold water.
  • Administer over-the-counter pain medication.

Injury causing permanent tooth to be chipped or broken

  • Arrange for a prompt visit to the dentist for examination and treatment.
  • Rinse the mouth with warm water.
  • Collect all pieces of the tooth for presentation to the dentist.

Injury causing permanent tooth to be knocked out

  • Arrange for prompt visit to the dentist for examination and treatment.
  • Try to gently replant the tooth in the socket (best within 20 minutes), holding the tooth only by the chewing surface; do not touch the root.
  • Have child bite down on wet gauze or a handkerchief to hold the tooth in place until you reach the dentist. Do not have the child hold the tooth loose in the mouth.
  • If the tooth cannot be replanted, store it in low-fat milk, saline solution or water until you reach the dentist.

Injury causing baby tooth to be knocked out

  • Arrange for visit to the dentist within 24 hours.
  • Press wet gauze to the gum area.
  • Do not try to replant the tooth back into the socket.

We hope these guidelines will give you the confidence to act if your child experiences a dental injury. If a tooth injury should occur in your children, we are happy to assist by phone or in person during office hours.

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