Children can sometimes be awkward with their movements and wired for vigorous play. Experimenting with new playground equipment, playing a sport and suffering a hard fall can potentially cause an impact to the mouth that injures soft oral tissues. In some of these cases a child might also experience a chipped or fractured tooth.
In a stressful moment like this you may need to administer some simple first aid while seeking emergency treatment from a dentist like Dr. Allen Daniels. Keeping a calm tone and demeanor might also help decrease the child’s emotional distress.
If the child has blood or debris in their mouth a gently rinse it away with a little lukewarm saltwater might help clear the area and provide you with better look at the wounded area. Soft tissue bleeding might be managed by packing the area with some sterile gauze.
In some of these instances a permanent tooth can be knocked out. If it is whole and kept alive our dentist might be able to reinsert it into the socket. The tooth can be kept alive by placing it in a tooth-preservation product, or by placing it between their cheek and gums.
If necessary, you can minimize physical discomfort by gently applying some topical oral analgesic to the wounded oral tissues.
Once you arrive at Bright Dental our dentist will assess the severity of the oral trauma and quickly present you with a treatment plan.
If you are in the Lawrenceburg, Indiana, area and your child has just suffered a significant oral injury, you should call 812-656-8888 to seek emergency treatment at Bright Dental.