Pediatric Dental Emergencies in Ephrata, PA
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By nature, children love to explore, test limits, and play. This can lead to bumps, scrapes, and injuries.
When your child sustains a minor or severe oral injury, turn to Larrimore Family Dentistry to ensure your child’s smile is restored and continues to grow healthy and bright.
Steps to Care for Pediatric Dental Emergencies
Bitten Lip or Tongue
If your child bits their lip, tongue, or cheek, you can apply pressure with gauze or a cloth. To prevent swelling, apply ice to the area. If swelling increases, you’ll want to contact us immediately.
If your child is experiencing a toothache, inspect the area to make sure nothing is caught around or in between the teeth. Rinse their mouth out with warm water. You can also administer children’s pain relievers, according to your doctor’s instructions.
If you notice swelling in your child’s face, you can reduce the swelling with a cold compress. Swelling can indicate an infection, so you’ll want to schedule an appointment with us quickly.
As your child’s permanent teeth begin to push out their baby teeth, you’ll notice their teeth getting looser, as well as your child playing with their loose tooth. You’ll want to make sure any very loose teeth are removed before they are swallowed or inhaled by your child.
Broken or Chipped Tooth
No matter if your child chips or fractures a baby or permanent tooth, you should contact us immediately. Broken teeth are an easy way for infections to spread in your child.
Rinse your child’s mouth with water. If you notice swelling, you can apply ice or a cold compress. If you can find any pieces of the tooth, bring them with you to the appointment. Quick action and the proper response can give us a better chance in saving the tooth.
Knocked Out Tooth
If a baby tooth gets knocked out, don’t worry; this is part of childhood. If you’d like, you can call Larrimore Family Dentistry and schedule a regular appointment to ensure there is no damage to the jaw or gums. Otherwise, place the tooth under your child’s pillow for the Tooth Fairy. If you notice bleeding after the baby tooth is out, have your child bite tightly on a piece of folded gauze for 10 minutes.
If a permanent tooth gets knocked out, call us immediately! This is a serious case, as we have a short window of time to save the tooth. Find the tooth, picking it up by the crown and not the root. Be sure not to wash or touch the tooth more than you have to. Try to put the tooth back in the socket and hold in place with gauze or a clean towel. If it can’t be reinserted, carry it in a cup of your child’s saliva or milk and get to us within 30 minutes.
If your child receives a blow to the head that results in a broken jaw, you need to take your child to the nearest emergency room immediately. Try to immobilize the jaw and make sure your child avoids moving it.
General Tips for Caring for Your Child’s Smile
- Brush teeth 2x a day
- Provide a balanced, nutritional diet that’s low on sweets.
- Discourage poor habits, including thumb sucking and pacifier use
- Children should start flossing once they develop permanent teeth.
- Have your child wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports
- Regular dental visits can prevent bad habits and issues before they become serious
Request an Urgent Appointment
To schedule an urgent appointment for your child, call our office at (717) 733-7971. We will try our best to get you in as soon as possible. If you prefer, you can schedule an appointment with the form below and we will respond to you as soon as possible during normal business hours.