Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm water to clean out debris. Use dental floss to remove any food that might be trapped within the cavity (especially between teeth). If swelling is present, place cold compresses to the outside of the cheek (Do Not Use Heat). Do Not place aspirin on the gum tissue or an aching tooth. Take the individual to the dentist.
Orthodontic Problems (Braces & Retainers)
A. If a wire is causing irritation, cover the end of the wire with a small cotton ball or a piece of gauze and take the individual to the dentist.
B. If a wire is embedded in the cheek, tongue or gum tissue, Do Not attempt to remove it. Take the individual to the dentist immediately.
C. If there is a loose or broken appliance, take the individual and the piece to the dentist.
Try to clean dirt or debris from the injured area with warm water. Place cold compresses on the face next to the injured tooth to minimize swelling. Take individual to the dentist immediately.
Bitten Tongue or Lip
Apply direct pressure to the bleeding area with a sterile or clean cloth. If swelling is present, apply cold compresses. If bleeding doesn’t stop readily or the bite is severe, take the individual to the dentist immediately.
Objects Wedged Between Teeth
Try to remove the object with dental floss. Guide the floss in carefully so as not to cut the gums. If unsuccessful, take the individual to a dentist. Do Not try to remove with sharp or pointed objects.
Possible Fractured jaw
If suspected, immobilize jaw by any means (handkerchief, towel) and take the individual to an oral surgeon or hospital emergency room.
Gently rinse any loose dirt and debris from the tooth and immediately reposition the tooth in the socket. If unable to reposition the tooth, store tooth (1) in milk, (2) inside the patient’s cheek, or (3) as a last resort, in water. Take the individual to the dentist immediately.
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We recommend a first comprehensive dental visit including a professional cleaning at 2 to 3 years of age. This gives us the opportunity to establish good dental habits at an early age, and correct any existing problems before they become serious and result in permanent damage.
As a parent, you can play an important role in preparing your child for this visit. It is important to demonstrate positive attitudes and encouraging language when describing the dental visit. Avoid using technical terminology unfamiliar to your child to describe dental procedures. Children’s books and videos can assist you in communication by describing the dental visit utilizing age-appropriate language and visualizations. Be positive! Describe the first visit as an adventure, much like a visit to the zoo.