How to Help Your Child Take Care of an Oral Injury

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Dental emergencies can be extremely scary and nerve wracking. This is why it’s important to keep your cool if your child ever experiences a dental emergency. Do your best to keep them calm and collected. Once you get the situation under control, our Dr. Alan J. White, D.D.S. dental team encourages you to do the following things:

-For a knocked-out tooth: If the tooth was knocked out of the socket prematurely, keep the tooth as moist as possible. You can try putting the tooth back into place, but if you decide to do so, please do not force it and do not put it in backward. If you wish to try a different method, you or your child can place the tooth in between the gums and cheeks or you can simply place the tooth in a glass of milk. Make sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Alan J. White, as soon as possible.

-For a cracked tooth: Swish the mouth with warm water as soon as possible. This will clean the area. Then, place a cold compress just outside the area to keep the swelling down. Because a crack can promote tooth decay, it’s important to call our office and schedule an appointment as soon as you can.

-For a bitten lip or tongue: Gently clean the area and ice the lip or tongue to relieve pain and reduce swelling.

-For a toothache: Rinse the mouth with warm water and gently floss around the tooth to remove any particles or objects that might be stuck. Whatever you do, do not put pain pills on the throbbing tooth or gums.

-For an object stuck between teeth: Try to remove the object with dental floss. Do not try to remove it with a sharp or pointed tool.

Call our office today if you would like more information about what to do during a dental emergency in Staunton, Virginia. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!