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Pediatric dental emergencies

If your child faces a dental emergency, give Dr. Paul J. Styrt, Specialists in Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry a call immediately. If you need urgent treatment after hours, you can call our emergency number. We are always here to assist when your child's dental health is at risk.

Below are tips on dealing with urgent dental situations.

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Bitten lip or tongue

If your child has bitten his lip or tongue severely enough to cause bleeding, clean the bite gently with water and use a cold compress (a cold, wet towel or washcloth pressed firmly against the area) to reduce or avoid swelling. Give us a call to help determine how serious the bite is.

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Object caught in teeth

If your child has something caught between his teeth, use dental floss to gently remove it. Never use a metal, plastic, or sharp tool to remove a stuck object. If you are unable to remove the item with dental floss, give us a call.

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Broken, chipped, or fractured tooth

If your child has chipped or broken a piece off his tooth, have him rinse his mouth with warm water, then use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Try to locate and save the tooth fragment that broke off. Call us immediately.

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Knocked-out tooth

If your child's tooth has been knocked out of his mouth, find the tooth and rinse it with water (no soap), taking care to only touch the crown of the tooth (the part you can see when it's in place). Place the tooth in a clean container with milk. Call us immediately and/or head to the hospital. If you act quickly it's possible to save the tooth.

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Loose tooth

If your child has a very loose tooth, it should be removed to avoid being swallowed or inhaled.

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If your child complains of a toothache, rinse his mouth with warm water and inspect his teeth to be sure there is nothing caught between them. If pain continues, use a cold compress to ease the pain. Do not apply heat or any kind of aspirin or topical pain reliever directly to the affected area, as this can cause damage to the gums. Children's pain relievers may be taken orally. Schedule an appointment immediately.

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Broken jaw

If you know or suspect your child has sustained a broken jaw, use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Call our emergency number and/or head to the hospital immediately. In many cases a broken jaw is the result of a blow to the head. Severe blows to the head can be dangerous and even life-threatening.

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Avoiding injury

You can help your child avoid dental emergencies:

  • Child-proof your house to avoid falls
  • Don't let your child chew on ice, popcorn kernels, or other hard foods
  • Always use car seats for young children and require seatbelts for older children
  • If your child plays contact sports, have him wear a mouthguard. We can create a custom-fitted mouthguard for your child.
  • Prevent toothaches with regular brushing, flossing, and visits to our clinic.