The Basics on Handling a Dental Emergency Involving Your Child

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Baby teeth are important in many ways. In fact, they’re so important that they guide the permanent teeth into place and prevent overcrowding and misalignment issues. So, if your child experiences a dental injury or emergency, please don’t overlook it. Our Quail Ridge Dental dental team encourages you to do the following things:

-For a knocked-out tooth: If the tooth has fallen out of the mouth prematurely, keep the tooth moist at all times by putting it back into place, tucking it between yours or your child’s gums and cheeks, or placing it in a cup of milk. Call your dentist as soon as possible.

-For a cracked tooth: Immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the tooth and surrounding area. Place an ice pack or cold compress outside the injured area to keep the swelling down. Call our office and schedule an appointment when you have the chance.

-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 to clean the area. Next, gently floss around the tooth to free any stuck object that might be causing the pain. Please do not place any pain medication, like Aspirin or ibuprofen, directly on the gums or tooth. If this doesn’t help, call our office and schedule an appointment. Your child might be a victim of tooth decay.

-For an object stuck between teeth: Try to remove the object gently with floss. This should help relieve pain and discomfort. Please do not free the object with a pointed or sharp tool.

If you need further help with your child’s dental emergency in Kennewick, Washington, please remember that you can always call Quail Ridge Dental at 509-396-6950. Dr. Beck and our dental team will be more than happy to help you save your child’s smile and oral health.