Children’s Emergency Dentist — Midland, TX
Keeping Midland Children’s Smiles Safe
Despite your best efforts to keep your children safe from harm, dental emergencies can happen for a variety of reasons that are often outside of a parent’s control – maybe your daughter fell and banged a tooth on the sidewalk while playing with friends, or your son bit down too hard on a popcorn kernel by mistake. Whatever the case, one thing is certain: the team at Midland Kid’s Dentist is here for your family during this difficult and often frightening time. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our doctors and staff members right away here in Midland, TX for assistance. We see emergency cases as soon as possible!
Why Choose Midland Kid’s Dentist for Emergency Dental Care?
- Team of Experienced & Highly-Trained Dental Professionals
- Same-Day Emergency Appointments Available
- Your Child’s Safety & Comfort Are Our Top Priorities
What to Do in a Dental Emergency
Stay calm! It’s important to show your child that you’re in control of the situation and that you will take care of them. From there, follow these steps:
- Step 1: Call Us Right Away! Be sure to call our dental office right away so we can give you step-by-step instructions on how to handle your situation. We’ll also likely schedule a same day appointment for you so we can see your little one right away.
- Step 2: Get to Our Office for an Emergency Exam. When you arrive, Dr. Jones or Dr. Youngblood will see your little one right away. They’ll focus first on addressing any discomfort, and then will work quickly to evaluate the situation.
- Step 3: Make a Custom Treatment Plan. Next, they’ll fully explain their findings to you and how they recommend treating the situation. Once you’ve reviewed all your options, including the estimated prices and lengths, you’ll work together to create a custom treatment plan.
- Step 4: Get the Fast, Gentle Care Your Child Needs. Our experienced team offers a wide variety of treatments right here in-house, so we’ll get to work right away to protect your child’s teeth and get them back to enjoying a happy, healthy smile.
If your son or daughter is experiencing heavy, sustained bleeding or their jaw is possibly broken, please go straight to an emergency room in your area for immediate help.
The Most Common Dental Emergencies
First of all, we trust you and your child’s judgment in these situations. If they’re in pain and upset, we want to see them and provide them with relief. Any situation that involves damaged, knocked-out, or very painful teeth should be treated with the utmost urgency! However, if you’re still unsure if your situation qualifies as an urgent dental problem, here are some of the most common situations that Dr. Jones and Dr. Youngblood would classify as “emergencies”:
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While dental emergencies will never be 100% preventable, there are ways to minimize your family’s risk, including the following:
- Remember, tools aren’t teeth! Don’t let your child use their teeth to open packaging; show them how to use scissors safely instead!
- Instruct your child not to bite on the ice in their drinks. Also, limit exposure to foods that are overly tough, chewy, or sticky in nature.
- Always make sure that your child wears a mouthguard when participating in sporting events.
- Schedule checkups and cleanings every six months here at Midland Kid’s Dentist! By inspecting smiles on a regular basis, our team can catch small dental problems before they’re able to grow into serious ones.
Read on as we go over in more detail about how you can help your child avoid a dental emergency.
Schedule Their Dental Checkup Every 6 Months
Did you know that experts recommend having your child get a dental checkup and cleaning every six months, even if their teeth aren’t bothering them? These routine visits serve two very important purposes: prevention and detection. The goal is always to prevent oral health issues like cavities and gum disease before they develop with thorough professional cleanings. Should any issues begin to creep up unnoticed, bi-annual visits will help us detect them as early as possible and treat the problem before it can turn into a dental emergency.
Encourage Regular Brushing & Flossing
Great oral hygiene is important at every stage in life, but it’s especially important during childhood! Not only are baby teeth weaker and more vulnerable to problems like chips, cracks, and cavities, but developing motor skills and sugary foods also pose a threat to their oral health. Every day, make sure your little one flosses between all their teeth and brushes for two minutes every morning and evening.
Stop Bad Chewing Habits
As mentioned above, baby teeth aren’t as strong as permanent teeth. If your child chews on their fingernails, pen caps, or other hard objects when they’re nervous or bored, their enamel becomes weaker and more prone to chips and cracks! Gnawing on the ice in their drinks can have the same impact as well. Discourage bad chewing habits you see in your child, and don’t be afraid to reach out to us for additional help or resources.
Get Them a Custom Athletic Mouthguard
Is your little one athletic? Make sure they’re headed to the field or court with all the safety equipment they need by getting them a custom-made athletic mouthguard. We craft mouthguards that are much higher quality than anything you can buy at the store, and ours off a much more personalized fit for enhanced comfort and effectiveness.
Remind Them to Use Tools, Not Teeth to Open Packaging
If you have a child, chances are that you already know how impatient they can be. Whether they’re overly excited to get into the packaging of a new toy or they don’t want to get up to find the right tool to open it, kids are often tempted to use their teeth as tools. However, this could lead to a cracked or chipped tooth in the blink of an eye! Instruct your child not to use their teeth on objects, price tags, or any other objects.