Parents will try anything to keep their children safe. But, as careful as they may be, accidents can still happen. And when they do, it's important to know what to do and how to handle the emergency.
So, in this article, we're going to look at some of the most common dental emergencies in children and what you should do if your child experiences one.
Whether it's because of contact sports or simple play, knocked-out teeth in children are more common than you may think. It can be alarming to see that your child has knocked out one of their teeth, but by acting promptly you can actually save their tooth.
If your child knocked out a tooth, first try to control the bleeding. Then try to locate the tooth, but don't touch it with your bare hands. If your child lost a baby tooth, then you shouldn't bother trying to save it as the dentist will not be able to place it back. But, if we are talking about a permanent tooth, after locating the tooth, wash it with water and place it in a clean container with some milk in it.
Call Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, tell them about your emergency, and they will be able to see your child right away and help them.
A chipped or cracked tooth may not look like a dental emergency, especially if your child doesn't seem to be in any pain. But, the crack or chip may hide more serious damage and may require dental intervention. Moreover, a chipped tooth may be dangerous and increase the risk of your child hurting themselves because of the rough edges.
If your child chipped or cracked a tooth, first rinse their mouth with water to remove any pieces. Try to locate the broken piece to take it to the dentist. Call your dentist, tell them about the incident, and wait for further instructions.
If one of your child's baby teeth is moving and they are of age, then you shouldn't be alarmed as that's completely normal and not an emergency. But, if your child hurts their mouth and you notice that one of their permanent teeth is loose, then you should take them to the dentist right away.
If a baby tooth becomes loose before your child is about six years old, the dentist may put a space maintainer to allow the permanent teeth to erupt properly when the time comes.
At Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, our Ashburn pediatric dentists understand that emergencies can happen at the most inconvenient times. That's why we always have openings in our schedule so we can help your child wherever they need it.
Call us at (703) 687-1581, tell us about your emergency, and we will be able to accommodate you.
For regular appointments, you can also contact us online.