Children are energetic and adventurous, and therefore prone to receiving dental injuries. If your child has sustained an injury, Dr. Brent Porter and our team suggest that you follow these instructions to maintain control of the situation:
Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the top (crown), not the root portion. You may rinse the tooth, but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Try to reinsert it in the socket. Have the child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean gauze or cloth. If you cannot reinsert it in its socket, transport the tooth in a cup containing milk or water. See a dentist IMMEDIATELY!! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.
Apply ice to bruised areas. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, take the child to a hospital emergency room.
Clean the area around the sore tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm salt water or use dental floss to dislodge trapped food or debris. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. If face is swollen, apply a cold compress. Take acetaminophen for pain and see a dentist as soon as possible.
If a broken appliance can be removed easily, take it out. If it cannot, cover the sharp or protruding portion with cotton balls, gauze or chewing gum. If a wire is stuck in the gums, cheek, or tongue, DO NOT remove it. Take the child to a dentist immediately. Loose or broken appliances that do not bother the child don’t usually require emergency attention.
Rinse dirt from injured area with warm water. Place cold compresses over the face in the area of the injury. Locate and save any broken tooth fragments. Immediate dental attention is necessary.
Please come see our pediatric dentist for more information about treating dental emergencies in Santa Cruz, California. You are welcome to call 831-459-9802 today to schedule an appointment.
In addition to avoiding sugary foods, the ADA recommends drinking plenty of water each day and avoiding snacks between meals whenever possible. It is also important to consume nutritious foods from each of the major food groups, including whole grains, vegetables, lean proteins, low-fat dairy, and fruits. Not only will this improve the health of your child's teeth and gums, but it can help them develop strong, healthy bodies, too!
Yes. Your child should be flossing daily and brushing twice daily using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Your child should also be visiting your Santa Cruz dentist at least twice per year for oral exams and professional dental cleanings.
Please contact the office of Brent J Porter DDS at 831-459-9802 if you have questions about diet and your child's dental health in Santa Cruz, California. Our dentist and team would be happy to meet with you for more information!