A Parent's Guide to a Child's Tooth Emergency

A Parent's Guide to a Child's Tooth Emergency

A tooth emergency can happen when you least expect it. Your child could fall and chip a tooth. Or they might bite their cheek and start bleeding. Depending on the emergency, you may need your pediatric dentist to offer advice or suggest a repair.

Here’s what to do in these common emergencies:

My child fell and knocked out a permanent tooth.

  1. Remain calm. Your child may be upset and it’s up to you to keep the situation from escalating. Comfort your child and take their mind off the accident.
  2. Find the tooth and pick it up by the chewing surface, being careful not to touch the root.
  3. If the tooth is not dirty or broken, try to reinsert it into the empty spot in your child’s mouth. Have them hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean cloth or cotton gauze.
  4. If the tooth is dirty, broken, or you cannot reinsert it, put the tooth in a glass of milk or saltwater solution.
  5. Contact your pediatric dentist immediately.

My child chipped or broke a tooth.

  1. Remain calm and comfort your child.
  2. Place the broken tooth in a glass of milk or saltwater solution. Do not scrape or wash it.
  3. Take your child to your pediatric dentist immediately. The dentist may be able to reattach the broken piece.

My child cut or bit their lip, cheek or tongue.

  1. Apply direct pressure to the spot to stop the bleeding.
  2. If there is swelling, apply a cold compress. A popsicle works well.
  3. Give your child a kid-appropriate dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain.

My child has a toothache.

  1. Treat the ache with a warm, saltwater rinse.
  2. if you notice any swelling, apply a cold compress directly to the affected area.
  3. Give them a children’s dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain.
  4. Visit your child’s pediatric dentist as soon as possible to find out what’s causing the toothache.

Let’s face it — accidents and childhood go hand in hand. If the accident involves your child’s teeth, stay calm and give us a call. We’re here to help.


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