If you aren’t sure what to do if your child experiences a dental emergency, we are here to help you! Dental emergencies can be frightening and nerve-wracking, but all you need to do is stay calm, sooth your child, call 801-373-4200 and schedule an emergency appointment with Dr. Trace M. Lund, and do the following things:
· For a knocked-out tooth: The best thing you can do is keep the tooth moist. You can try to put it back into place or you can try to keep it nestled in between your child’s gums and cheeks. If these options do not work for you and your child, you can simply place the tooth in a glass of milk.
· For a cracked tooth: Clean the tooth by rinsing the mouth with warm water. Then, ice outside the injured area to keep the swelling down.
· For a bitten lip or tongue: Gently clean the area and relieve pain and swelling with a cold compress.
· 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.
· For an object stuck between teeth: Try to remove the object with dental floss. Please do not attempt the task with a sharp or pointed tool.
For more information on what to do during a dental emergency, call Provo Pediatric Dentistry today and talk to a member of our caring dental team. We are happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to your call!