Posted on 4/24/2014 by Crafton Dental
|Summer sports and play provide hours of fun for kids of all ages, but when accidents happen, knowing what to do can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek:
Apply ice to bruised areas. If there is any bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, take the child to a hospital or emergency room.
Clean the area around the sore tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm salt water or use dental floss to dislodge trapped food or debris. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. If face is swollen, apply a cold compress. Take acetaminophen for pain and see Dr. Crafton as soon as possible.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the top (crown), not the root portion. You may rinse the tooth, but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Try to reinsert it its socket. Have the child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean gauze or cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing milk or water (keep tooth moist). See Dr. Crafton IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.
Other Emergency Conditions
Possible Broken Jaw
If a fractured jaw is suspected, try to keep the jaw from moving by using a towel, tie, or handkerchief, then take the child to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Bleeding After Baby Tooth Falls Out
Fold and pack a clean gauze or cloth over the bleeding area. Have the child bite on the gauze with pressure for 15 minutes. This may be repeated once, if bleeding persists, see Dr. Crafton.
Many children occasionally suffer from "cold" or "canker" sores. Usually over-the-counter preparations give relief. Because some serious diseases may begin as sores, it is important to see Dr. Crafton if these sores persist.
ALWAYS wear a mouthguard when participating in sports or recreational actives.
Crafton Dental - 10380 Old Columbia Rd, Suite 102, Columbia, MD 21046 - (410) 381-0900
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