Dental emergencies can happen anytime, but the chances are higher now that your kids are out of school for the summer. Tooth trauma is a common problem and dealing with it in a suitable manner is important.
Below are common tooth emergencies and how to deal with them.
• Your child may have a sudden toothache while at summer camp or even just hanging out at home. Toothaches in children are usually associated with cavities. This kind of throbbing pain can cause your child to act up or refrain from eating. Washing the mouth with salt water can bring temporary relief. An over-the-counter painkiller can help reduce the pain and inflammation, if any. Topical benzocaine medicines provide relief when rubbed on the gums. If the cheek swells up from a toothache, then a cold compress can help to bring down the swelling. A visit to the dentist at the earliest convenience is recommended.
• Knocking out or chipping the tooth is common during summer sports. A knocked-out tooth can cause bleeding, which can be scary. Applying pressure on the area can help reduce the flow of blood. If a permanent tooth is knocked out, place the tooth in milk or back in the socket and see your dentist immediately. If it is treated right away, there is a chance that the tooth can be saved. If a tooth is broken, rinsing with water can help remove any blood. Using a cold compress can reduce swelling. A chipped piece can also be preserved and taken along to the dentist for possible replacement.
• Biting the tongue or lip is another common emergency that can happen during physical activities and sports. If this happens, wash the mouth with cold water and apply a cold compress to reduce bleeding and swelling. Visit the emergency room if the injury is severe.
Whatever your emergency is, remember to keep calm and call your dentist! For more common dental emergencies, click here.