Dental emergencies may happen anywhere at any time, especially with active children running around! One moment is filled with fun when the next is filled with tears, so it’s important to know how to handle a dental emergency and what to do to help your kids. Learn more from Dr. Castillo, our pediatric dentist in San Antonio, by reading below.
Treating a Toothache
If you find your child is suffering from a toothache, help identify the area first. Clean around the sore tooth, use warm salt water to rinse their mouth and remove any food or bacteria that’s trapped between their teeth. Be sure not to put any aspirin directly onto the aching tooth or gum. If child-approved, use temporary pain relief medicine like ibuprofen. If their face is swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. If the pain continues for more than a day, we recommend contacting us to schedule an appointment.
Addressing a Cracked Tooth
A cracked tooth is serious business! Without caring for it, your child may suffer from a tooth infection. Be sure to rinse their mouth out with water to properly clean the area. Schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. Use a cold compress if they’re experiencing any swelling, as well.
A Perment Tooth is Knocked Out
Ensure your child doesn’t have a serious injury anywhere else, first and foremost! After, see if the tooth that’s been knocked out is still in its same, stable structure. If so, keep it moist at all times with the help of some milk and bring it to our office during your visit. We’ll work to see if the tooth can be saved and placed back into the socket, or if there’s another direction we’ll need to take.
To learn more, don’t hesitate asking our San Antonio pediatric dentist, Dr. Castillo! Call Happy Pediatric Dentistry at 210-510-2862 and we’ll answer any questions you have, as well as schedule the best date and time for your child’s next visit.