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A Parent's Guide To Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can be a distressing time for both parents and their children. It's been estimated that 14% of Winnipeg children will experience a dental emergency of some kind. Therefore it's important to have a proper action plan prepared should a dental emergency happen. Here are some common emergencies and how you can handle them.

Toothache

The pain of a toothache can be sharp and piercing, or more generalized and throbbing. With most children, this pain usually occurs due to tooth decay. If your child develops a toothache, you should know that the pain will likely become worse instead of better. For temporary relief, hold a warm cloth against your child's cheek.  Over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen also help.  Once the pain is managed, be sure to call Tuxedo Dental promptly so we can get your children into see the dentist immediately. 

Caution: Don't place the pill directly on the painful tooth.  Pain relievers must be used as directed.

Chipped Or Broken Tooth

This happens to children most commonly playing sports or during active play - especially with the active lifestyles of our Winnipeg children. The best way to manage tooth fractures is to prevent them. While participating in contact sports, cycling or in-line skating, your child should wear a professionally fitted mouthguard for protection. If a tooth does get chipped or broken, use warm water and try to rinse out as much dirt as possible: Apply a cold compress intermittently on the outside of the cheek to keep the swelling down. Be sure to call our office immediately so the dentist can look at your child's tooth as soon as possible.

Knocked Out Adult Tooth

First, remain calm and have your child-bite on some gauze or a clean cloth to stop any bleeding. Gently rinse the tooth then remove the gauze and try to stick the tooth back in place. Hold it there, or have your child hold it carefully while you rush your child to the dentist. If that's not possible, put the tooth in a container of milk, saliva, or water and bring it and your child immediately to our dental office. Be sure to call even if it is after hours to take advantage of our emergency service.  If a permanent tooth is knocked out, it is essential that treatment is sought immediately, to ensure the best chance of saving the tooth.

In all dental emergencies it is essential that your children get to the dental office as fast as possible. We can evaluate the extent of the injury and make necessary repairs quickly and safely.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What should I do if my child's baby tooth is knocked out?

A: Contact your dentist as soon as possible.

Q: What about a severe blow to the head or jaw fracture?

A: Go immediately to the emergency room of your local hospital. A blow to the head can be life threatening.

Q: Can dental injuries be prevented?

A: Absolutely! First, reduce oral injury in sports by wearing mouth guards. Second, always use a car seat for young children. Require seat belts for everyone else in the car. Third, child-proof your home to prevent falls, electrical injuries, and choking on small objects. Fourth, protect your child from unnecessary toothaches with regular visits to your dentist and preventive care.

If you need a dentist in Winnipeg that is an expert in Children's dentistry, contact the Tuxedo Dental Group.

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