How to Deal with your Child’s Dental Emergency

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If a dental emergency isn’t already a stressful experience, when it happens to a child, it can be a nightmare for all concerned. It is oh so easy for a child to fall and chip, or even lose a tooth, and with that in mind, here are a few dental emergency scenarios, along with what to do.

  • Your Child Loses a Tooth – It happens more frequently than you think, and the most important thing is to remain calm. If your child sees any signs of panic within their parent, this will escalate an emotional response, and that won’t help the situation. Try to find the tooth, and holding by the outer surface (don’t touch the root), rinse the tooth under cold water, then, as calmly as you can, put the tooth into a small container of milk and make contact with Sydney Park Dental emergency dentist‌‌ service, where you can make an emergency appointment. If it is a milk tooth, then there’s no emergency, just make sure the child drinks some water, and if there is obvious discomfort, you can make a regular appointment with your dentist for the following day.
  • Severe Tooth Ache – For a young child, any toothache is severe, and while playing it down, start with a warm salt water rinse, and if that doesn’t do the trick, a cold compress on the affected area will numb the pain temporarily. Last resort would be a suitable mild painkiller that is designed for children, and then make an emergency appointment with the nearest dental clinic. If you need more information on what to do in a child emergency dental situation, there are plenty of online references you can check out.
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  • Child Bites Their Tongue – This can easily happen and if there’s blood, check the size of the wound, then make an emergency appointment. There is the obvious risk of infection, and you should put a compress onto the wound to stem the bleeding, and you should remain calm and play it down, which should help your child to relax. Any signs of distress from a parent can easily put a child in fear of their life, as they do not realise it is not life threatening. If the damage is relatively minor and the child is not in pain, it is not essential to see a dentist, and use the opportunity to teach your child to be careful when chewing.

Be very careful of the words you use in such a situation; avoid the word “emergency”, as this might induce panic, and let’s be honest, every child has their bumps and bashes, which is all a part of growing up. Your child will feel much better when they see that you regard this as a matter of fact, thing, and are not visibly bothered, and the sooner you get the child to a dentist, the better.

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While there are no dental appointments available outside regular hours, there are dentists who put aside appointment slots for emergency situation, so you are never more than a few hours from a dental clinic.

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One thought on “How to Deal with your Child’s Dental Emergency

  1. I’ve been encouraging my grandchildren to visit the dentist but their mum hasn’t conquered her fears about doing so yet.

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