Are you keeping an eye on your child while the baby is running about playfully in the lawn? Is there an element of anxiety and palpitation that is running down your spine? You must be worrying about the kid hurting itself. But hold on! You cannot keep accidents at bay in this manner, can you? Rather, try keeping yourself prepared for an unprecedented situation, as far as possible!
In this piece, we have tried to discuss some of the common dental emergencies that might be faced by your child at some point of time.
Knocked Out Baby Tooth:
If a baby tooth is knocked out too soon, it can lead to teeth crowding the vacant spot. This can cause alignment issues when the permanent tooth begins to emerge and could lead to crooked teeth and biting problems. Visit your dentist immediately or as soon as possible if your child prematurely loses a baby tooth. Your dentist will be able to check the incoming adult tooth and provide your child with a spacer if necessary to prevent any crowding that may occur.
Persistent Tooth Ache:
If your child has a toothache, then have them rinse their mouth with warm water to ease the pain. After 48 hours of the persistence of the pain, you should see your dentist as soon as you can. Persistent toothaches can indicate more serious problems that need to be observed by a dental professional.
Fracturing a tooth is almost like a childhood rite of passage. If your child fractures a tooth, pick up the fragments, store them in a clean container of cool water, saliva, or milk and carry them to the dental office immediately. Your dentist will be able to repair the tooth or fix it with a crown. In the meantime, have your child rinse their mouth with warm water if they are experiencing any pain.
Objects That Won’t go Away:
This is a less common problem, but still very serious: if something becomes lodged in between your children’s teeth, beneath their gum line or impacts the surface of their gums, then visit the dentist. When an item gets stuck in any of those areas, it can cause serious damage. Objects stuck in the mouth can cause, pain, swelling, and infection, not to mention plaque and cavities. If you can’t get rid of the obstruction by brushing and flossing, then visit our office so that we can dislodge it.
Tongue or Cheek Injury with Excessive Bleeding:
Chewing on the tongue or inside of the cheek is a habit that is common in children and teens. Usually, bleeding can be stopped by applying clean gauze to the affected area. However, sometimes regular chewing can lead to excessive bleeding. If your child has an open oral wound, then they are more susceptible to infection. If there is bleeding on their tongue or inner-cheek that lasts longer than 48 hours, visit the dentist as soon as possible to prevent infection and stop the bleeding.
Cited: Dental Caries (Tooth Decay) in Children Age 2 to 11
Children are sometimes difficult to be dealt with and more so when the infant is too young to express his or her trouble properly. In such cases, seeing your kid’s dentist at the earliest would be the wisest thing to do! Quick and decisive action from your end can prevent your child from permanent tooth damage.