Let's face it, accidents happen and dental emergencies occur. Here are a few ways to deal with them when they come up:
- Knocked-out tooth: try to put the tooth back in its socket without touching the root. If you can't, then either place the tooth in your child's cheek next to the gum, or if you're worried about the child swallowing the tooth, place it in a glass of milk and call your dentist immediately.
- Cracked tooth: rinse the nouth with warm water to clean it out and give the child a cold compress to place against the side of the mouth to keep any swelling down. Then call your dentist immediately.
- Tongue or lip bite: rinse the mouth with warm water and apply a cool or cold compress to the affected area.
- Toothaches: rinse the mouth with warm water and gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between teeth, as this can be exacerbating the pain. Call your dentist as soon as it's convenient.
- Objects stuck in teeth: try to use floss to gently remove it, but if that doesn't work, call the dentist. Do not try to use a sharp, solid instrument to remove the object as it may cause further damage.
This information was taken from a chapter in my first book titled Changing the Face of Dentistry. Part Two of the book, Your Mouth at Every Age, is a great reference guide detailing what you can expect from your mouth at every age..
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