Children are resilient little creatures. Throughout a child’s life, he will endure many bumps and bruises. Yet each tiny scratch still breaks a mother’s heart. It’s no fun seeing your baby in pain, especially when you’re not sure how to take the pain away. Dental emergencies usually occur when kids play contact sports. However, it’s very common for everyday play to cause emergencies as well. Manhasset, NY pediatric dentist Dr. Kimmy explains three of the most common dental emergencies in children, as well as how to handle each one. The best piece of advice she gives parents in the face of an emergency is to stay calm.
When a dental emergency occurs, call 516-365-4KID to schedule the next available appointment with Dr. Kimmy in Manhasset, NY. Our friendly, experienced staff is trained to help parents and kids through any emergency that arises.
The Common Toothache
It’s very easy to jump to extreme conclusions when your kid comes to you with a toothache. For many moms, we begin to expect the worst case possible. Dr. Kimmy advises parents to stay calm and run through a list of possible causes before scheduling an appointment.
First, ask your child to describe the toothache. Most commonly, toothaches are a result of trapped food particles. Sometimes they’re caused by tooth decay (cavities), dental trauma, or wisdom tooth eruption (teenager).
Many times, the common toothache can be treated at home. Dr. Kimmy recommends rinsing with warm water, followed by gentle flossing. If food is trapped between teeth, flossing with dislodged the particle. Next apply a cold compress to the cheek on the affected side to reduce possible swelling. If your son or daughter doesn’t experience pain relief through these steps, call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kimmy.
Dental concussion most commonly occurs in toddlers. It’s not uncommon for children to accidentally hit themselves in the face with a toy or bump into a wall or piece of furniture. This can cause permanent or temporary tooth discoloration. If the tooth discolors, there’s no need for emergency dental work. Dr. Kimmy recommends keeping an eye on the banged tooth. If you begin to notice the tooth turning dark or black, it’s time to schedule an appointment as soon as possible with Dr. Kimmy, as the tooth root could be dying.
Knocked Out Tooth
One of the most common dental emergencies in children is a knocked out tooth. This commonly results from contact sports, such as football or basketball. If your child’s tooth gets knocked out, have your son or daughter rinse with warm water and bite down on clean gauze to stop the bleeding. If possible, locate the dislodged tooth and pick it up by the white part (crown). Be sure not to touch the delicate tooth root, as you could easily damage it.
Rinse the tooth off with pure water to remove dirt. Dr. Kimmy instructs parents not to scrub the knocked out tooth. Store the dislodged tooth in a clean container filled with milk, until you can see Dr. Kimmy.
In many cases, Dr. Kimmy can reattach the tooth. When reattachment isn’t possible, she will recommend appropriate restorative treatment to fill the empty space and restore smile function and appearance.
The best way to prevent a knocked out tooth is to have Dr. Kimmy custom-make an athletic mouth guard. As opposed to a store bought mouth guard, the device that Dr. Kimmy creates is specially designed to fit your child’s mouth. Kids’ athletic mouth guards made in our dental office fit more securely and comfortably than store bought products. Dr. Kimmy takes an impression of your little one’s smile to ensure the best possible fit and highest level of protection.Leave a reply →