The Pediatric Dentists of Woodbury Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Want Parents to Know What to Do in a Dental Emergency
With all the after school activities, keeping your child safe from injury has become more and more challenging. Although you may not be able to prevent all mishaps, knowing what to do can be comforting. Although not life threatening, hearing that your child injured a front tooth or lost it completely is a common parental fear. Wearing a mouthguard during contact sports is important, but we all know that accidents can happen.
Whatever the case, it’s important for both moms and dads to know how to both handle your child and the avulsed (knocked out) tooth in order to achieve the most favorable outcome.
The Woodbury Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic team has some advice for parents of children who have experienced dental trauma.
If your child’s baby tooth is knocked out, do not attempt to re-insert it. It’s okay to give your child Tylenol or some other kind of pain reliever. It is also okay to allow them to rinse with cold water to keep it clean.
Professional intervention isn’t always immediately necessary, but it’s important to consult with your child’s pediatric dentist so he or she can evaluate the situation and offer solutions to the dental trauma.
Unlike the loss of a baby tooth, there are several steps to be mindful of when dealing with a child that has avulsed a permanent tooth. An avulsed permanent front tooth can often times be re implanted. However, time is of the essence, and you should call our office immediately.
Find the tooth as soon as possible, and hold the tooth by the crown rather than the root tip. If dirty, you can gently rinse it in cool water. Make sure not to scrub it. If possible, replace the tooth in the socket, and hold it there with a clean gauze or washcloth. If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container of milk, saliva or water while transporting it to the office.
The tooth can even be transported in your own mouth, under the lip, but this is not recommended with small children who are at risk of swallowing the tooth. In summary, get to the pediatric dentist immediately.
The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth. It’s no fun watching your child suffer from dental trauma. Follow these steps in order to make an unfortunate traumatic experience as painless as possible. You’ll thank yourself later, and your child will too.
Woodbury Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics has a staff of specially trained dentists with advanced degrees to diagnose and treat all of your child’s needs. Their practice focuses on prevention and the oral health needs of young people. Drs. Lisa Ritter-Kahn, Douglas Schildhaus, Celia Spatt Penzer, Harry Tsotos and Alexandra Anagnostis all share the same philosophy of care. Their primary goal is to create a non-threatening environment and build a relationship of trust and confidence that will last a lifetime. Call today for an appointment: (516) 921-0400.