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Does your child have a broken or chipped tooth? Dental emergencies like an injury to teeth or gum can be serious and must not be ignored. It may increase the risk of saving the tooth from permanent damage that is more extensive and expensive.
You are not alone, parent! About 50% of children suffer from tooth injury during their childhood. Fortunately, these injuries are not typically life-threatening. However, we all get panicked and feel like we are the worst parent.
Tooth Trauma #1: Understanding the Situation
Here’s what you can do before being seen by your dentist:
Panicking about your child’s chipped tooth or broken tooth will make it a whole lot worse. Instead, constantly check if the tooth pain is worsening and immediately call your dental office to set an immediate appointment for your kid to be seen and treated. The sooner your child’s dentist is able to attend, the better, especially if the tooth broke into half, the tooth nerve is exposed, or worse, the entire tooth has dislodged from the socket. The quicker you act, the more likely you are able to save your kiddo’s tooth to avoid expensive dental treatment in the long run.
Care Instructions at Home
While waiting before heading out to your dental office for your kiddo’s appointment, make sure you constantly check up on how the little one is getting along after the accident. Ensure there aren’t any tooth fragments that are lodged in the lips, gums, or tongue. And most importantly, ensure that he/she is stable and not losing consciousness as it may happen if the impact of the accident is hard.
Tooth Trauma #2: Handling Chipped or Broken Tooth at Home
If you notice that your kiddo is starting to bleed, apply a small towel to the tooth and bite onto it for approximately 10 to 15 minutes with slight pressure. If you are starting to realize that your kiddo’s face is swelling up, wrap a couple of ice together in a towel and apply it to the area. Otherwise, a yummy flavored ice-cream would work too to alleviate the attention and pain.
Tooth Trauma #3: Dealing with a Knocked Out Tooth
Severe accidents can cause the entire tooth structure to get dislodged from the socket. Stay calm and follow these steps within the first hour.
- Retrieve the tooth.
- Hold it by the crown.
- Rinse gently if it is dirty, otherwise, leave it be. Do not scrub or remove the tissue fragment attached to the tooth.
- Try to insert the tooth in its correct direction and hold it till you make your way down to the dental office. Do not force it in the socket.
- If you are unable to do it, it’s okay. Submerge the tooth in a cup of milk; otherwise, saltwater will do too.
By following these steps, you can effectively handle a dental emergency involving your child’s broken or chipped tooth, toothache, or even a knocked-out tooth. Acting promptly at home and seeking professional dental care will increase the chances of saving the tooth and avoiding long-term complications. Remember to remain calm and take the necessary precautions to ensure your child’s dental wellbeing.
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