Emergencies

Tooth Ache

Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen is recommended. See a dentist as soon as possible.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.

Broken Tooth

Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Get immediate dental attention.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

Locate the tooth. Hold the tooth by the top (crown), not the root. You can rinse but DON’T clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Attempt to reinsert the tooth into its socket. Instruct the child to hold the tooth in place by having him/her bite on a clean piece of cloth or gauze. If you can’t reinsert the tooth yourself, put the tooth into a cup containing water or milk. Consult a dentist immediately – time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.

Other Emergency Conditions:

Possible Broken Jaw:  If you suspect a fractured jaw, try to prevent the jaws from moving by utilizing a towel, tie, handkerchief or similar object. Escort the child to a nearby emergency room.

Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out:  Fold and pack a piece of clean gauze or cloth over the area that is bleeding. Tell the child to bite on the gauze for 15 minutes. If needed, you may repeat this process; if the bleeding continues after this point, go to a dentist as soon as possible.

Cold or Canker Sores:  Children sometimes suffer from cold, or canker, sores. Typically, over-the-counter medications can offer some relief.  But because some serious diseases may begin as sores, it is vital to have a professional evaluation by a dentist if these sores persist.