Sometimes life throws the unexpected in your path. If your child suffers from an injury or dental emergency, our team is on hand to intervene and ease any pain. Call us at 317-585-8055 and we'll assist you immediately.
First-Aid Kit Advice
If your little one is in pain for one of the below reasons, here is some curated guidance for tending to and soothing the discomfort quickly and efficiently.
Clean the area around the sore tooth thoroughly. Rinse out the mouth vigorously with warm salt water or use dental floss to dislodge any trapped food or debris. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. If your child's face is swollen, apply a cold compress. Give your child acetaminophen for pain and arrange to see a dentist as soon as possible.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
Apply ice to bruised areas. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by applying simple pressure, take the child to a hospital emergency room.
Rinse dirt from the injured area with warm water. Place cold compresses over the face in the area of the injury. Locate and save any broken tooth fragments. Immediate dental attention is necessary.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the top (crown), not the root portion. You may rinse the tooth, but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Try to reinsert it in its socket. Have the child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean gauze or cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing milk or water. See a dentist IMMEDIATELY as time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.
Bleeding After Baby Tooth Falls Out
Fold and pack a clean gauze or cloth over the bleeding area. Have the child bite on the gauze with pressure for 15 minutes. This may be repeated once; if bleeding persists, see a dentist.
Many children occasionally suffer from “cold” or “canker” sores. Usually, over-the-counter preparations give relief. Because some serious diseases may begin as sores, it is important to have a dental evaluation if these sores persist.
Possible Broken Jaw
If a fractured jaw is suspected, try to keep the jaws from moving by using a towel, tie, or handkerchief, then take the child to the nearest hospital emergency room.