Clean the area around the sore tooth. Rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm salt water or use dental floss to dislodge trapped food/debris. Do not place aspirin or heat on the gum or aching tooth. If face is swollen apply a cold compress or a bag of frozen peas will do the trick. Take acetaminophen for pain if needed and contact our office as soon as possible!
Rinse dirt from injured area with warm water. Place cold compress over the face in the area of the injury. Locate and save any broken tooth fragments. And please contact our office as soon as possible!
POSSIBLE BROKEN JAW
If a fractured jaw is suspected, try to keep the jaws from moving by using a towel, tie or handkerchief. Then take the child to nearest hospital emergency room.
CUT OR BITTEN LIP, TONGUE OR CHEEK
Apply ice to bruised areas. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean gauze/cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or can not be controlled by simple pressure, take the child to a hospital emergency room.
KNOCKED OUT PERMANENT TOOTH
Find the tooth, handle the tooth by the crown (top) NOT the root portion. You may rinse the tooth but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. If the tooth is whole, try to reinsert it into the socket. Have the child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean gauze/cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup of milk, and call our office immediately! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth! Remember if it is a baby tooth, it does not need to be reimplanted.