You’re at your child’s ball game, cheering them on when, suddenly, they get hit in the mouth and one of their teeth comes out. You have a dental emergency on your hands. Dental emergencies can affect your child’s smile and oral health, inducing even more stress for you to act quickly and properly to fix the problem. You can reduce the stress by having a dental emergency kit prepared and handy for such occasions and following this advice from a children’s dentist in Selden.
What is a dental emergency?
When you’re in a dental emergency, you want and need help immediately! Here are some examples of dental emergencies:
- Lost filling or crown.
- Chipped or broken teeth.
- Knocked-out teeth.
- Object stuck between teeth.
What should I do if a dental emergency happens?
Although various scenarios are possible, you can follow the same basic process for addressing a dental emergency for your child:
- Don’t panic. Assess the situation and determine what is wrong.
- If your child is bleeding, stop it by applying pressure with gauze.
- If your child lost a tooth, try to find it. Avoid touching the root.
- Contact your dentist and take your child into the dentist’s office for treatment as soon as possible.
If there are significant injuries to the face, heavy bleeding, or broken bones, seek immediate medical help before contacting your dentist.
For dental emergencies, time is critical to fix the problem efficiently and effectively. Don’t wait to contact your children’s dentist in Selden.
Why should I have a dental emergency kit for my kids?
You might be wondering why you would need a dental emergency kit if you’re supposed to see the dentist right away. Well, most situations will require you to do something until you get in the dentist’s chair, especially if you can’t get an immediate appointment. For example, if a permanent tooth is knocked out, you can try to put it back in its socket or at least keep the root moist by storing it in water or milk. Having a dental emergency kit ready will enable you to act quickly in a stressful situation and have access to the tools you need to increase your chances of successful treatment.
What should go in a dental emergency kit?
Similar to a medical first-aid kit, your dental emergency kit should have supplies to cover most situations you could encounter. Some of these include the following:
- Medical gloves.
- Dental mirror.
- Cotton balls/gauze.
- Dental wax.
- Orabase (paste for ulcers and sores).
- Dental floss.
- Pain relievers like Orajel and ibuprofen.
- Ice pack.
- Small cup.
- Tooth storage device and fluid.
You don’t plan when or how you’re going to have a dental emergency, but you can plan how you and your family will respond when it does. Following these tips and preparing a dental emergency kit for your kids gives you peace of mind that you’ll be ready. Then you’ll be able to do what’s necessary to get your child’s smile back to normal—safe and sound.
About the Author
Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino has been practicing dentistry in Selden for over 30 years. From 2009 to 2010, he was the Director of Dentistry at St. Charles Hospital, and he continues to be on staff there and at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital. You can contact him by calling (631) 698-9400 or clicking here.