Receiving medical attention as soon as possible after an injury could end up saving your child’s tooth. One of the top reasons for urgent dental care visits for children and adults alike is accidents.
Many people seek urgent dental care after an injury has cracked, chipped, damaged, or knocked out a tooth. However, persistent, painful toothache is another good reason to seek urgent dental care.
Though you never know what’s around the corner, you could help protect your child from a dental emergency by making them wear a mouthguard during high-impact activities, and encouraging them to be more careful when being active.
Hard foods like candy are a choking hazard and are notorious for cracking teeth. You should advise your child to be aware of these risks, and talk to your child’s Happy Smile dentist about mitigating them.
Aside from seeking medical attention, there are specific steps you could take to help the situation.
If your baby or child has a toothache, clean the area of the affected tooth and rinse their mouth with warm water to dislodge any food and help remove any bacteria. You can also apply a cool compress to their cheek if the pain worsens.
Toothaches in children are most commonly caused by:
The best way you can avoid dental problems, and emergencies for you and your child is by maintaining good oral hygiene with at-home care and regular dental visits to Happy Smile Pediatric Dentistry. Ensure your child is brushing their teeth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time, in addition to flossing, and using antibacterial mouthwash as needed.
The Happy Smile Pediatric dentists are highly-skilled at providing urgent dental care to children in the New York area. Call or book online to find out more.
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