7 Pediatric Dental Emergencies
It is good to encourage children to be active and involve them in sports and other outdoor activities, however in certain occasions, the kids may fall and injure themselves. Some of these injuries may be oral injuries and hurt the teeth or mouth. It is important to have some knowledge of dental care to prevent tooth loss or other problems. If you come across any of these dental emergencies, you need to take your children to a pediatric dentist immediately.
Avulsed or Knocked Out Teeth
Take the child immediately for a dental evaluation if he has avulsed or knocked out teeth. If the children are older, clean the tooth with warm water and place it gently back into its socket before taking them to the dentist. Do not place a knocked-out tooth inside a younger child’s mouth, as there is a chance that they might swallow the tooth.
Chipped, Fractured or Broken Tooth
If the child has a broken or chipped tooth due to sports or other activities, take him/her to the dentist to evaluate the trauma, regardless of whether the tooth is permanent or primary. Chipped tooth means that the enamel of the tooth has been compromised, thus allowing the bacteria to enter the pulp and nerve of the tooth and cause infection. A fractured tooth will involve the pulp more directly, which would require immediate treatment.
There might be a number of reasons why your child's tooth might pain and a dentist can
pinpoint the exact cause. In case of extremely bad pain, ask if they are feeling any pressure or if the toothache is accompanied by ear pain.
Biting the Tongue, Lips or Cheeks
Biting the tongue, cheeks or lips can cause swelling and bleeding. Apply pressure on the bleeding area with a clean cloth and use cold compress to reduce the pressure and discomfort. A popsicle would work well with the kids if they are not too fond of receiving a cold compress. The kid needs to be taken to a dentist immediately if there is a fractured tooth with a fragment possibly embedded in the cheek or tongue.
If there is any kind of jaw injury, take your child to the emergency room for immediate care. The jaw needs to be checked for fractures of any kind, cracked tooth or secondary fractures in the teeth. Based on the injury’s extent, the dentist may need to consult with an oral surgeon.
This is a painful infection that occurs inside the tooth’s root. If present, the child may suffer from fever, swollen gums and a bad taste in the mouth. This is an extremely painful condition, so if you suspect your child has an abscessed tooth, visit the emergency room and consult a dentist immediately. If left untreated, the infection can spread to other areas of your child’s body.
Loose Teeth or Object Stuck in Teeth
If there is a loose tooth, try to remove it as soon as you can as the child can inhale or swallow it. In case something stuck between the teeth, try to remove it gently with floss. Avoid using a sharp or pointed instrument to remove it.
Preventing Dental Injuries
If your child actively participates in a sport like hockey or martial arts, where there is a high probability of them getting hit in the face, it is imperative to get them a mouth guard. In fact, you can request the pediatric dentist to make a mouth guard that is specially fitted to your child’s teeth. Take the child for regular dental checkups so that dental problems can be detected and treated before they become too serious.