Dental emergency care may be needed for the following reasons:
- Child’s permanent tooth is knocked out
Should a permanent tooth be knocked out, find the tooth and rinse it gently (NO scrubbing or soap) in cool water. If possible replace the tooth in the socket immediately and hold with there with gauze or a clean wash cloth. If it will not go back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with cold milk, saliva or water and call Dr. Kapust immediately. The faster you act the more likely you are of saving your child’s tooth.
- Child’s tooth is chipped or fractured
If you can find the chipped portion of the tooth place it in a clean container with cold milk, saliva or water and call Dr. Kapust immediately. Use cold compress to reduce any swelling that may be occurring.
Try cold compress, ice wrapped in cloth or water rinse to help alleviate any pain. Do not put heat or aspirin on the sore area.
You can prevent or reduce the need for dental emergency care for your child by following a few rules:
- If your child is participating in athletics, ensure they are wearing protective gear including a mouth-guard.
- Regular dental check-ups with Dr. Kapust will help provide you with an opportunity to discuss age-appropriate preventative strategies for your child’s dental health, emergency prevention and well-being.