Kids can get into all sorts of trouble, but when accidents happen, you will want them to receive care immediately. If your child experiences oral trauma, then call Windsor Pediatric Dentistry so they can receive emergency care in Windsor, Colorado. Dr. Jill Shonka and Dr. Katie Foster have advanced training in trauma and will help restore the health of your child’s smile with immediate care. Here are a few steps parents should take if your child has a dental emergency:
Toothache: Clean the area of the affected tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge impacted food or debris. If the pain still exists, contact your child’s dentist. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. If the face is swollen then apply cold compresses and contact your dentist immediately.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek: Apply ice to the bruised areas. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, take the child to the hospital emergency room.
Knocked-Out Permanent Tooth: Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root portion. You may rinse the tooth but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is sound, then try to reinsert it in the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a gauze or rag. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a save-a-tooth-kit or a cup containing cold milk or contact lens solution. The patient must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.
Remember to call us at 970-674-3247 if your child requires emergency dental care.