If your child suffers from a tooth ache, carefully clean the surrounding teeth and rinse their mouth with warm salt water to get rid of any food particles lodged in between. Do not use aspirin. We recommend giving your child acetaminophen for temporary relief of pain. If their face is swollen, place compress on the affected area. If the pain doesn’t go away after a day, please call our office at (480) 565-6755.
Bitten or Cut Lip, Tongue or Cheek
If your child’s tongue, lip or cheek has been bitten or cut, place some ice on the affected area. Place a clean cloth over it if it bleeds and apply some pressure. Doing so should stop the bleeding. If it still persists after 15 minutes, go to a hospital right away as this is already considered an emergency.
If your child’s tooth is broken, rinse the affected area with warm water. Then put cold compress on the face to prevent swelling. If possible, gather the bits of broken tooth/teeth and take your child to our office ASAP.
Do not touch the root of the tooth. Pick up the tooth by the crown and rinse it well. If it’s possible, put the tooth back to its socket and make sure it doesn’t move by putting a gauze or clean cloth over it. If you can’t put back the tooth, place it in a cup of milk or water and take your child to our office right away.
Other Emergency Conditions:
Possible Broken Jaw
If you think your child’s jaw is injured, use any long piece of cloth such as a tie or towel and tie their mouth shut so the jaws do not move. Then go to the emergency room right away.
Bleeding (After Baby Tooth Falls Out)
Bleeding can be stopped by folding a piece of sterile gauze and packing in tightly on the spot that is bleeding. If it doesn’t stop, see our office immediately.
Also called cold sores, canker sores are very painful for children but you can give your child acetaminophen for pain relief. Please call our office to schedule an appointment so we can see your child and provide the appropriate treatment.