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0-12
Months
1-4
Years
5-10
Years
11+
Years
General
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0-12 Months 1-4 Years 5-10 Years 11+ Years General

Emergency Care

What should I do if my child's baby tooth is knocked out?

Contact your dentist as soon as possible. The situation will depend whether your child’s adult teeth have erupted. If not, spacers may be required to maintain room in the mouth to guide the adult tooth into place.

What should I do if my child's permanent tooth is knocked out?

The faster you act, the better your chance of saving the tooth. Use cool water and gently rinse the tooth. If possible replace the tooth in the socket and hold in place with a gauze or washcloth. If the tooth cannot be placed back in the socket, place in a clean container with milk, saliva or water. Go to the dental office immediately.

What if a tooth is chipped or fractured?

Contact your dentist immediately. The quicker you act, the better your chance in saving the tooth, preventing infection and reducing the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse your child’s mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling.

What about a severe blow to the head or jaw fracture?

Go immediately to the emergency room of your local hospital. Head injuries can be life threatening.

What if my child has a toothache?

Call your dentist and visit the office promptly. To ease your child of any pain, rinse the mouth with water and apply a cold compress or wrap some ice in a cloth. Do not apply heat or aspirin to the sore area.

Can dental injuries be prevented?

Reduce your child’s risk of oral injury during sports by wearing protective mouth guards. Always use a car seat for young children and make sure everyone else in the car has their seatbelts fastened. Prevent young children from choking on small objects and falls in your home. Protect your child from unnecessary toothaches with regular dental visits and preventative care.
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