How to Handle a Dental Emergency

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5 Dental Milestones for Babies and Toddlers

Parenthood is a journey filled with joy, excitement, and countless milestones, and your child’s dental development is no exception. But how do you know what dental milestones to expect and when? Let’s explore five of these special moments for babies and toddlers that highlight the importance of pediatric dental visits

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What Services Does a Children’s Dentist Offer?

Ensuring proper dental care for children is crucial for their overall health and well-being. A specialized healthcare professional, commonly referred to as a children’s dentist, pediatric dentist, or dentist for kids, plays a pivotal role in maintaining the oral health of young ones. Let’s examine the various services offered by

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Signs & Symptoms of a Kid’s Toothache

A toothache can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere, and it’s not really something to celebrate, especially when it affects your kid. Nonetheless, there’s still a day dedicated to them. February 9th is Toothache Day and strives to bring awareness to this common ailment. Join your pediatric dentist in Reynoldsburg as

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How to Handle a Dental Emergency

Dental emergencies, which include any injury to the teeth, gums, or mouth, can be scary. When one happens to your child, it can be even scarier. At our Reynoldsburg pediatric dental office, we understand, and we are here to help give you a few tips on how to handle several types of dental emergencies.

A Knocked Out Tooth

If this happens, the first thing you should do is remain calm. This can help both you and your child. Second, make sure there are no other serious injuries. Once you confirm all is well, you can start to work on saving that tooth — but only if the tooth is permanent. If a baby tooth is lost, schedule a visit with your pediatric dentist in Reynoldsburg as soon as possible to make sure no permanent teeth were damaged. If the lost tooth is permanent and assuming both the roots and the crown were knocked out, try the following steps:

  • -Only touch the top of the tooth to limit damage to the roots.
  • -Gently rinse it with water.
  • -Attempt to insert it back into the socket.
  • -Control any bleeding with gauze.
  • -Call a dentist as soon as possible.

If you’re unable to get the tooth back into the socket, put the tooth in milk or a cup of spit — never store it in water! Then get to a dentist immediately.

Lost Filling

If your child loses a filling, they may experience some pain. An over-the-counter pain reliever or oral anesthetic can help reduce discomfort. You can also purchase dental cement in many pharmacies and grocery stores to temporarily fill the hole. However, this is only a short-term solution, and you should get your child to the dentist ASAP.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

A chipped or broken tooth might result from anything like a popcorn kernel or a fall. If this happens, the first thing to do is have your child rinse his mouth out with warm water, and find any lost pieces, if possible, and rinse them off, too. Then apply gauze and slight pressure if there is any bleeding, and a cold compress to the cheek to ease the pain. Get to your dentist to fix the chip.

Toothache

A toothache is the mouth’s way of letting us know that something isn’t right. Ease the pain and help keep other problems away by first rinsing with warm salt water. Salted water can help decrease swelling and keep dangerous bacteria from attacking. If the pain is severe, try placing a cold compress against the cheek or apply a bit of clove oil to the sore spot. Again, get to your dentist as soon as you can.

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