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You don’t want to be caught off guard when a dental emergency happens to your child. Accidents can occur at any time. Take time now to think about how you will respond, and you will be calm when an accident strikes. At Little Smiles, we are happy to see your child for a dental emergency, and here are some things you do until your child’s appointment.

If a Tooth Is Knocked-Out
If you can locate the tooth, do not pick it up by the root. Instead, handle it by the crown, which is the part of the tooth that appears above the gumline. Gently wash it with water on low pressure. If it is a permanent tooth, try to place it back in the socket. If you can, have your child bite down gently on it through a clean piece of gauze. If you can’t put in the socket, place the tooth in milk it in milk and bring it into the dental office for your child’s appointment.

If a Tooth Is Broken, Chipped, or Fractured
Rinse the mouth and damaged area with water, then use a cold compress to relieve inflammation. Make sure you save any part of the tooth fragment and come see us as soon as you can.

If an Object Is Lodged in the Teeth
You can use dental floss, or gently brush or rinse your child’s mouth to dislodge something that is caught in the teeth. Don’t use a toothpick or other sharp instrument. If you can’t remove the object, call our office.

If You Suspect a Broken Jaw
If you suspect that your child has a broken jaw, you should take him or her to the emergency room immediately.

If you have been looking for a pediatric dentist, Dr. Jonathan Konz will be happy to meet you. Please contact Little Smiles to make an appointment at 703-348-2813, at our office in Ashburn, Virginia.