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 maybe your son bit down too hard on a popcorn kernel by mistake.
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. However, if you’re still unsure, here are some of the most common situations that Dr. Jones and Dr. Youngblood would classify as “emergencies”:
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. If any pieces of their teeth have become fully dislodged, gather them and keep them moist in a glass/container of milk. You can alleviate any bleeding by applying gentle but firm pressure to the affected area of the mouth with a piece of cloth or gauze, and a cold compress held to their cheek may reduce swelling. Be sure to call our office right away for more first-aid tips!
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.
While dental emergencies will never be 100% preventable, there are ways to minimize your family’s risk, including the following:
Our team at Midland Kid’s Dentist is here for your family during this difficult and often frightening time. Please don’t hesitate to call us at (432) 203-4233, our doctors and staff members right away here in Midland, TX for assistance. We see emergency cases as soon as possible!