Children have a tendency to get into accidents. They slip and bruise their knees, their arms, bump their heads, even get hit in the mouth! The sight of blood coming from your son or daughter’s mouth is enough to make you panic.
But before you take him or her to the hospital, you should know that the emergency room is NOT always the best place for a dental emergency.
First things first, don’t freak out! Your little one takes emotional cues from you. If you don’t panic, he will regain calm quicker.
After he settles, open his mouth so you can see where it’s bleeding. Look for knocked out or broken teeth and cuts in the lips, cheeks, or gums. If there is an avulsed (knocked out) tooth, and you were able to find it, handle it carefully; avoid touching the root, and gently place it back in the socket it came from.
Have him bite down on a tea bag or piece of gauze to hold it back in, and to apply pressure to the wounded site. If he isn’t old enough to keep the tooth in this way, place the broken or knocked out teeth is a small cup of milk, and bring him to Dentistry of Kingwood right away.
Even if there isn’t a broken or knocked out tooth, and blow to the mouth could cause the roots of intact teeth to die. Dr. Ghattas will complete a gentle, thorough exam, including x-rays to ensure the teeth are still ok, and that there are no other affected areas. Don’t hesitate to call if you have a dental emergency. Our Kingwood office is here for you!
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