Child Dental Emergencies

Child Dental Emergencies

Accidents can happen to children anytime and anywhere. Falling off a skateboard, getting hit in the face with a baseball, or even just biting into a hard candy can cause chipped or lost teeth.

Knowing about Child Dental emergencies can mean the difference between saving a child’s teeth and serious damage to their smile and their health.

Know the steps to take by being prepared before an accident happens. While dentists will accommodate patients with emergencies during office hours, talk to your dentist about where to go for after-hours emergency care.

Your dentist will provide you with an alternate phone number or the location of an emergency dental clinic in your area. Have this information readily available – post it on your refrigerator or store the number in your cell phone.

Here are some tips on how to deal with common child dental emergencies.

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What do you do if a baby tooth is knocked out

Contact your dentist as soon as possible. If there is bleeding, rinse the mouth with water and place gauze in the opening. You can also apply cold compresses on the outside of the mouth to reduce swelling. Keep the child calm instead of looking for the tooth – baby teeth will never be replanted. Never try to reinsert the tooth into the opening – you may damage the permanent teeth growing underneath.

What to do with a knocked-out permanent tooth

Find the tooth. Rinse it gently in cool water; do not scrub it or use soap. If possible, gently place the tooth in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze or washcloth. If the tooth does not fit in the socket, or if you think the child may swallow the tooth, place it in a container of milk.

Bring the child to immediate dental care.

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What to do with a chipped or broken tooth

If your child is bleeding or in pain, contact the dentist immediately. Fast action can save the tooth, prevent infection, and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, bring it to the dentist.


we can prevent many dental emergencies. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, sports accidents reportedly account for 10 to 39 percent of all dental injuries in children.

Any sport or activity with a strong chance of contact with other participants or hard surfaces requires mouth protection.

Players who participate in basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling, squash, racquetball, lacrosse, rugby, in-line skating, and martial arts, or even recreational sports such as skateboarding and bicycling, should wear mouthguards when practicing or competing.

 You can talk to the dentists at our clinic about the type of mouth protection that is right for your child.

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