Dental emergencies can be caused by either trauma or caries. No matter the cause, if the child is in pain, has damaged a tooth, or has any kind of swelling inside or around the mouth it is a dental emergency and requires immediate attention. We are happy to accommodated emergent patients during our normal business hours. At Growing Smiles Children’s Dentistry we are available by phone to answer questions and direct care twenty-four hours a day for patients of our practice.
Injury to the head or neck: take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately
Possible Broken or Fractured Jaw: Try and keep the jaw from moving and take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room
Cut or bitten tongue, lip or cheek: Apply ice to the injured area to help control swelling. If there is bleeding apply firm but gentle pressure with a cloth. If bleeding cannot be controlled by simple continuous pressure, take your child to the hospital emergency room.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has developed a brief guide to help parents and caregivers to be prepared for the most common types of childhood tooth injures and be found on the following parent link: http://mouthmonsters.mychildrensteeth.org/active-kids-healthy-teeth/
This highly-visual, easy to follow guide can be printed and posted on refrigerators so family members and babysitters know what to do for the most common types of childhood tooth injuries (click the image to view a larger, printable copy).