Emergency Pediatric Dentist Dental Advice for Birmingham, AL
Do You Know What to Do During a Dental Emergency?
Bitten lip or tongue: Clean the area gently with a cloth and apply cold compresses to reduce any swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, take your child to a hospital emergency room immediately.
Broken tooth: Rinse your child’s with warm water to clean the area. Use cold compresses on the area to keep any swelling down. Call our office immediately.
Jaw-possibly broken: Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Call our office and go to the hospital emergency department immediately.
Knocked out tooth: Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse off the root of the tooth in water if it’s dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If that isn’t possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk and visit our office or the nearest emergency room or urgent care center as soon as possible. Remember to take the tooth with you!!
Objects caught between teeth: Try to gently remove the object with dental floss but avoid cutting the gums. Never use a sharp instrument to remove any object that is stuck between your child’s teeth. If you can’t dislodge the object using dental floss, contact our office.
Toothaches: Rinse your child’s mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss or an interdental cleaner to ensure that there is no food or other debris caught between the teeth. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. If the pain persists, contact our office.
More information on Dental Emergencies can be found, here!