Rinse dirt from 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 may be necessary.
If the tooth is sensitive or sharp, you can go to a pharmacy and get dental wax or temporary dental cement to cover the area. Make sure you have no allergies to any of the ingredients.
Over the counter anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil, Aleve, Nuprin can take the edge off until you get definitive treatment. Make sure you have no allergies or medical contra-indications to any of the ingredients.
Rinse as frequently as possible with salt water as hot as you can tolerate. Do NOT put heat on your face as this can make things worse.
Clean the area around the sore tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm salt water or use dental floss to dislodge trapped food or debris. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. If face is swollen, apply a cold compress. Give acetaminophen for pain and contact Commerce Park Children's Dentistry & Orthodontics 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 simple pressure, take the child to a hospital emergency room.
Knocked-Out Permanent Tooth
Find the tooth. Handle the tooth ONLY by the crown (top), 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. Contact Commerce Park Children's Dentistry & Orthodontics, LLC as IMMEDIATELY as possible! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth!
Possible Broken Jaw
If a fractured jaw is suspected, try to keep the jaws from moving by using a towel, handkerchief or tie, then take the child to the nearest hospital emergency room.
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 extensive bleeding persists, contact Commerce Park Children's Dentistry & Orthodontics.
Many children occasionally suffer from these sores. Usually over-the-counter preparations give relief. Because some serious diseases begin as sores, it is important to contact Commerce Park Children's Dentistry & Orthodontics for an evaluation if these sores persist.
Care of Mouth After Extraction