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Emergency Tooth Tips for Parents

Ever wonder what to do when your child has a mouth-related injury? Here are a few quick emergency tooth tips to help parents act quickly in emergency situations. 

Tooth Knocked Out

Find the tooth and rinse it gently in cool water (do not scrub or use soap). If possible, place tooth in the socket immediately and hold it there with a clean gauze or wash cloth. If you can’t put the tooth back into the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with cold milk, saliva, or water. Get to the dental office immediately. The faster you act, the better chance of saving the tooth. If it is a BABY TOOTH, DO NOT re-implant the tooth. 

Broken Tooth

Rinse the mouth with warm water to keep the area clean. Put cold compresses on the face to reduce swelling. Go to the dentist immediately. 

Bitten Tongue or Lip

Clean the area gently with a cloth and apply cold compresses to keep the swelling down. If bleeding is excessive or doesn’t stop in a short period of time, go to the dentist or hospital emergency room.

Protect Their Pearly Whites

Athletic mouth guards hold top priority as sports equipment. They protect not just the teeth, but the lips, cheeks, and tongue. They help protect children from head and neck injuries, such as concussions and jaw fractures. 

Children’s Dental Center is always here to help! If your child experiences a dental emergency, please contact us immediately at 317.842.TIKE.

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