It can be unsettling when children get hurt. If you’ve never experienced a child cracking their tooth, it may be difficult to know what to do at first. Even if you’ve experienced this before, that doesn’t mean you’ll remember all your options each time it happens since, odds are, it won’t happen often. If you find yourself in this situation, here are a few steps you can take to remedy the situation.
Call the Dentist
Of course, with any major injury that results in damage to the teeth, call the child’s dentist ASAP. The dental professional can instruct you further on your specific situation since circumstances can vary. Even if they might not be able to do so over the phone, you would still want to get the tooth fixed as soon as possible since it will most likely be painful and that involves seeing them in person. If a dentist doesn’t want to assist over the phone, that’s ok, just remember, they want to make sure they understand the entirety of the situation before suggesting fixes. If the tooth has any fragments out of it, be sure to bring any fragments to the dentist with you, if at all possible. If you can’t find the missing piece of tooth, if there’s any, that’s ok, it can still be fixed without it.
Use Ice for Pain and Swelling
Until you get to the dentist, you can use an ice pack on the side of the face where the injury has occurred. This will help reduce any swelling and assist with any pain the child might be experiencing. Of course, if you don’t have any access to ice or an ice pack, a frozen bag of vegetables or something similar will do just fine. Just remember to be careful.
Try to Keep Them Comfortable
The biggest aspect of any child experiencing an injury is making sure the child is kept comfortable. Sometimes lightly rinsing the tooth with warm water will help calm any aching. If the pain is really bothering the child, giving them a child’s pain reliever is fine, at least until you can get to the dentist. Overall, keep the child calm and comfortable so that they can be easily tended to when they arrive at the dentist office. It’s very difficult to get a child fixed up when they’re hysterical. Sometimes it can be beneficial to not share how bad the injury is with a child in order to keep them calmer. This, of course, is up the parent.
It can be a bit alarming when a child cracks a tooth both for the child and the parent. However, make sure when you begin taking your child to the dentist that they have an emergency number and service in place. Just in case something like this happens to your child, you know you’re covered.