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Injuries to the mouth, face, and teeth happen frequently…so don’t panic, stay calm and take action to help minimize your child’s pain and fear. Parents can treat some injuries properly, and if necessary your dentist is always available to see your child.
The most common cause of dental pain in a child is caused by untreated tooth decay. It is important to have your child rinse with warm water and carefully remove food from between teeth in the area of pain with dental floss. If swelling is present, apply cold compresses to the cheek. Remember to take your child to the dentist as soon as possible.
Knocked-Out Permanent Tooth
Find the tooth and rinse it gently in cool water. (Do not scrub it or clean it with soap -- use just water!) Do not handle the tooth by the root - use only the crown portion to hold the tooth. If possible, attempt to replace the tooth in the socket. If successful, hold it there with clean gauze or a wash cloth and have the child try to hold it in place. If you cannot put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with milk, saliva, or water. Get to the pediatric dental office immediately. The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth.
Chipped or Fractured Tooth
Contact your pediatric dentist immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling.
Reduce oral injury in sports by wearing mouth guards.
Always use a car seat for young children. Require seat belts for everyone else in the car.
Protect your child from unnecessary toothaches with regular dental visits and preventive care.