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Pediatric Dental Emergencies

If you ever face a dental emergency involving your child, don’t hesitate to give us a call right away. Even outside regular hours, you can reach our emergency line. We’re always ready to assist when your child’s dental health is at risk. Below, you’ll find tips on handling urgent dental situations. You might want to keep this list handy on your refrigerator or near your emergency contact numbers for quick reference.

Bitten Lip or Tongue

If your child bites their lip or tongue hard enough to cause bleeding, gently clean the bite with water. Apply a cold compress (like a cold, wet towel) to reduce swelling. Contact us to assess the severity of the injury.

Object Caught in Teeth

Should your child get something stuck between their teeth, use dental floss to gently remove it. Never use metal, plastic, or sharp tools for this. If you can’t dislodge the item with floss, give us a call.

Broken, Chipped, or Fractured Tooth

In the event of a chipped or broken tooth, have your child rinse their mouth with warm water. Use a cold compress to minimize swelling. Try to locate and keep the broken tooth fragment. Call us right away.

Knocked Out Tooth

If your child loses a tooth, find it and rinse it with water (no soap). Handle it only by the crown (the visible part when it’s in place). Place the tooth in a clean container with milk. Call us immediately and/or head to the hospital. Quick action can save the tooth.

Loose Tooth

For a very loose tooth, it’s best to remove it to prevent swallowing or inhaling.

Toothache

If your child complains of a toothache, rinse their mouth with warm water and check for anything stuck between the teeth. If pain persists, use a cold compress. Avoid applying heat, aspirin, or topical pain relief directly to the area, as it can harm the gums. Oral children’s pain relievers can be taken. Schedule an appointment without delay.

Broken Jaw

If you suspect your child has a broken jaw, use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Contact our emergency number and/or head to the hospital immediately. Severe head injuries can be dangerous or life-threatening.

Preventing Injuries

You can help your child avoid dental emergencies. Childproof your home to prevent falls. Discourage chewing on hard items like ice or popcorn kernels. Use car seats for young children and seat belts for older ones. If your child plays contact sports, consider a custom-fitted mouthguard for protection. Feel free to ask us about creating one. Lastly, regular brushing, flossing, and visits to our office are crucial to prevent toothaches.

Boy with a puzzled look on his face | Indianapolis, IN - Kidz Dental
Boy with a puzzled look on his face | Indianapolis, IN - Kidz Dental

Pediatric Dental Emergencies

If you ever face a dental emergency involving your child, don’t hesitate to give us a call right away. Even outside regular hours, you can reach our emergency line. We’re always ready to assist when your child’s dental health is at risk. Below, you’ll find tips on handling urgent dental situations. You might want to keep this list handy on your refrigerator or near your emergency contact numbers for quick reference.

Bitten Lip or Tongue

If your child bites their lip or tongue hard enough to cause bleeding, gently clean the bite with water. Apply a cold compress (like a cold, wet towel) to reduce swelling. Contact us to assess the severity of the injury.

Object Caught in Teeth

Should your child get something stuck between their teeth, use dental floss to gently remove it. Never use metal, plastic, or sharp tools for this. If you can’t dislodge the item with floss, give us a call.

Broken, Chipped, or Fractured Tooth

In the event of a chipped or broken tooth, have your child rinse their mouth with warm water. Use a cold compress to minimize swelling. Try to locate and keep the broken tooth fragment. Call us right away.

Knocked Out Tooth

If your child loses a tooth, find it and rinse it with water (no soap). Handle it only by the crown (the visible part when it’s in place). Place the tooth in a clean container with milk. Call us immediately and/or head to the hospital. Quick action can save the tooth.

Loose Tooth

For a very loose tooth, it’s best to remove it to prevent swallowing or inhaling.

Toothache

If your child complains of a toothache, rinse their mouth with warm water and check for anything stuck between the teeth. If pain persists, use a cold compress. Avoid applying heat, aspirin, or topical pain relief directly to the area, as it can harm the gums. Oral children’s pain relievers can be taken. Schedule an appointment without delay.

Broken Jaw

If you suspect your child has a broken jaw, use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Contact our emergency number and/or head to the hospital immediately. Severe head injuries can be dangerous or life-threatening.

Preventing Injuries

You can help your child avoid dental emergencies. Childproof your home to prevent falls. Discourage chewing on hard items like ice or popcorn kernels. Use car seats for young children and seat belts for older ones. If your child plays contact sports, consider a custom-fitted mouthguard for protection. Feel free to ask us about creating one. Lastly, regular brushing, flossing, and visits to our office are crucial to prevent toothaches.

Boy with a puzzled look on his face | Indianapolis, IN - Kidz Dental

Pediatric Dental Emergencies

If you ever face a dental emergency involving your child, don’t hesitate to give us a call right away. Even outside regular hours, you can reach our emergency line. We’re always ready to assist when your child’s dental health is at risk. Below, you’ll find tips on handling urgent dental situations. You might want to keep this list handy on your refrigerator or near your emergency contact numbers for quick reference.

Bitten Lip or Tongue

If your child bites their lip or tongue hard enough to cause bleeding, gently clean the bite with water. Apply a cold compress (like a cold, wet towel) to reduce swelling. Contact us to assess the severity of the injury.

Object Caught in Teeth

Should your child get something stuck between their teeth, use dental floss to gently remove it. Never use metal, plastic, or sharp tools for this. If you can’t dislodge the item with floss, give us a call.

Broken, Chipped, or Fractured Tooth

In the event of a chipped or broken tooth, have your child rinse their mouth with warm water. Use a cold compress to minimize swelling. Try to locate and keep the broken tooth fragment. Call us right away.

Knocked Out Tooth

If your child loses a tooth, find it and rinse it with water (no soap). Handle it only by the crown (the visible part when it’s in place). Place the tooth in a clean container with milk. Call us immediately and/or head to the hospital. Quick action can save the tooth.

Loose Tooth

For a very loose tooth, it’s best to remove it to prevent swallowing or inhaling.

Toothache

If your child complains of a toothache, rinse their mouth with warm water and check for anything stuck between the teeth. If pain persists, use a cold compress. Avoid applying heat, aspirin, or topical pain relief directly to the area, as it can harm the gums. Oral children’s pain relievers can be taken. Schedule an appointment without delay.

Broken Jaw

If you suspect your child has a broken jaw, use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Contact our emergency number and/or head to the hospital immediately. Severe head injuries can be dangerous or life-threatening.

Preventing Injuries

You can help your child avoid dental emergencies. Childproof your home to prevent falls. Discourage chewing on hard items like ice or popcorn kernels. Use car seats for young children and seat belts for older ones. If your child plays contact sports, consider a custom-fitted mouthguard for protection. Feel free to ask us about creating one. Lastly, regular brushing, flossing, and visits to our office are crucial to prevent toothaches.