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How to Handle Dental Emergencies.
Knowing how to handle a dental emergency can mean the difference between saving and losing your child's tooth. Here are some tips to help you handle a dental emergency quickly and calmly.
Go to the dentist right away. It's best to see a dentist within 30 minutes. Bring the tooth and any tooth pieces you can find.
Baby tooth (Primary)
It's normal for children to lose baby teeth, but an accident that damages a primary tooth could also harm the permanent tooth underneath.
• Take your child to the dentist as soon as you can.
Adult tooth (Permanent)
Unlike a baby tooth that is knocked out, an adult tooth should be put back into the socket.
• Hold the tooth by the top and not the by root.
Go to the dentist right away, and bring the broken tooth piece with you (if possible).
• Rinse the mouth with warm water to keep the area clean.
• Clean the area gently with a cloth and place a cold compress on the area (if possible) to keep swelling down.
• Do not try to remove the object with a sharp or pointed instrument.
Swelling of the face can be a sign of serious infection. If your child's face is swollen, take your child to your dentist or physician.
• Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out.
• Apply a cold compress to control swelling.
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