If your child needs to be seen immediately, please call our office at (609) 799-7722. In the event that the office is closed, you will be given instructions on how to reach the doctor on call.
Children occasionally suffer from "cold sores" or "canker sores". Usually over-the-counter preparations give relief. It is important to have a dental evaluation by your child's pediatric dentist if these sores persist.
Rinse the mouth with water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling and ease the discomfort. Do not put heat or aspirin on the sore area. Call your pediatric dentist and visit the office promptly.
- Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling and rinse the mouth with cool water. Quick action can help reduce the chance of infection and further dental trauma. Immediately contact your pediatric dentist.
If a tooth has been knocked-out of the child’s mouth completely, it is important to contact the pediatric dentist immediately.
A knocked out baby (primary) tooth should NOT be reinserted into the original socket.
A knocked out adult (permanent) tooth, can be reinserted into its original socket but should be handled with care. Find the tooth and gently rinse it with cool water (Do not attempt to scrub or clean it). Without touching the root try to reinsert it in the socket. If this is not possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk and take your child and the glass immediately to your pediatric dentist. Call the emergency number if you have to, the sooner you act, the better chance you have of saving the tooth.
If your child's permanent tooth is pushed out of place (inward or outward,) reposition the tooth to its normal alignment with very light finger pressure. Do not force the tooth into the socket. Hold the tooth in place with a moist tissue or gauze. Contact your pediatric dentist so that your child can be treated.
For a cut or bitten tongue, lip or cheek, apply ice to bruised areas. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, medical attention may be required.
Very loose baby tooth should be removed to prevent it from being swallowed or inhaled. If bleeding persists, fold and pack a clean gauze pad or cloth over the area. Have the child bite on the gauze with pressure for 15 minutes. If bleeding persists, see your pediatric dentist.
Carefully guide dental floss between the teeth and rinse vigorously with warm water. Do not attempt to remove the object with sharp or pointed instruments. If this doesn't work, call your pediatric dentist.
If any part of your child's mouth, jaw, lips or face start swelling due to a dental problem you should seek help as soon as possible. Swelling can often be caused by infection. If the swelling is severe enough to cause eye swelling, if your child has trouble swallowing, or starts to run a fever, call your pediatric dentist immediately, or go directly to a hospital emergency room.
A blow to the head can be life threatening and immediate medical attention may be required. Go to the emergency room of your local hospital.
Please Note: The above Information is for educational purposes only. We cannot diagnose or treat patients over the Internet. This information is not meant to be a substitute for personal, medical and/or dental attention or diagnosis. Without all available information about a patient, it is impossible to make a diagnosis.