Dental Emergency – What To Do? Kids Edition

Excerpt: Dental issues are frequently stressful for adults and even scarier for children. When your child experiences intense oral pain, you as a parent, are also disturbed and upset. Roughly one-third of all children go through a dental trauma of some kind during their lifetime, a large percentage of these are dental emergencies.

Dental issues are frequently stressful for adults and even scarier for children. When your child experiences intense oral pain, you as a parent, are also disturbed and upset. Roughly one-third of all children go through a dental trauma of some kind during their lifetime, a large percentage of these are dental emergencies.

There are multiple risky age groups for dental trauma among children:

  1. Toddlerhood (18-40 months) is when they start exploring the environment and take a bite of everything around them.
  2. The preadolescent/adolescent period, when kids challenge various sporting injuries.

Let’s have a look at some dental emergencies that are quite common amongst kids.

Toothache

Toothache is frequently a common dental issue that children go through. Kids will experience toothaches when they do not brush their teeth correctly, or even skip brushing their teeth entirely. Leftover food particles that remain in their mouth and specifically may impact their teeth negatively through tooth decay. The child’s immune system is very vulnerable to infection. Some regular causes of toothaches include tooth fractures (broken teeth), tooth trauma, tooth decay, and wisdom teeth eruption (adolescence). If your child has any oral swelling because of a toothache, you can apply a cold compress to the affected area to reduce swelling. You should immediately contact a dentist to seek professional consultation.

Knocked-Out Teeth (Dental Avulsion)

It is critical to contact a dentist as soon as possible if a tooth has been knocked out of your child’s mouth. A dentist will not reimplant avulsed primary teeth, because the reimplantation operation may cause further damage to your kid’s tooth bud, and thereby damage the emerging permanent tooth. If the trauma has caused irreparable damage, then the pediatric dentist will have to try to reimplant the avulsed permanent teeth. Moreover, if the reimplantation procedure is performed within an hour of the avulsion, then it is always more successful. Therefore, time is very crucial to reimplant the avulsed tooth.

Dental Concussion

A tooth that has received a bang or knock, but has not dislodged from its socket or has not fractured can be described as a ‘concussion’. This condition typically occurs in toddlers. A dental concussion can cause the tooth to discolor permanently or temporarily. The tooth starts turning black or dark. You should consult a dentist if your kid experiences pain and his teeth darken.

Chipped Or Broken Tooth (Fractured)

A chipped or broken (fractured) tooth requires immediate attention from a dentist, even if the damaged tooth is not permanent. Once a tooth is chipped off half or broken completely, bacteria can enter the tooth’s nerve and cause infection. The dentist will seal the enamel to keep the bacteria out and ward off infection. Furthermore, if you are able to locate the broken piece of the broken tooth, then put it in a glass of milk and take it to the dentist. There are chances that the broken piece can be reattached.

These are some dental emergencies that frequently appear in children, for which you should immediately contact or visit a dentist.

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