Many children occasionally suffer from “cold” or “canker” sores. Usually last 7-10 days. Over-the-counter preparations give relief. Avoid acidic foods(orange juice,ketchup etc) and keep fingers out of mouth.
Other Emergency Conditions
If you feel that the condition is life-threatening or may become life-threatening please call 911
Otherwise you may call Dr. Marti’s emergency line, 716-688-7721.
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Rinse dirt from injured area with warm water. Place cold compresses over the face in the area of the injury. Locate and save any broken tooth fragments. Put tooth fragment in cup of milk or saliva to keep moist. Seek dental attention immediately.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek
Apply ice to bruised areas. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, take the child to a hospital emergency room or call your dentist.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the top (crown), not the root portion. You may rinse the tooth, however, avoid cleaning and handling the tooth as much as possible. You may try to reinsert it in its socket.Have the child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean gauze or cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, place the tooth in a cup containing milk / saliva. See a dentist IMMEDIATELY!Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.
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Bleeding After Lost Baby Tooth
Fold and pack a clean gauze or cloth over the bleeding area. Have the child bite on the gauze with pressure for 15 minutes.This may be repeated once; if bleeding persists, see a dentist.
Broken Braces or Wires
If a broken appliance can be removed easily, take it out. If it cannot, cover the sharp or protruding portion with dental wax, cotton balls, gauze, or chewing gum. If a wire is stuck in the gums, cheek, or tongue, DO NOT remove it.Take the child to a dentist immediately. Loose or broken appliances which do not bother the child don’t usually require emergency attention.
Clean the area around the sore tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm salt water or use dental floss to dislodge trapped food or debris. Place a moist tea bag on area for temporary relief. If face is swollen, apply a cold compress.Take acetaminophen for pain and see a dentist as soon as possible
Possible Broken Jaw
If a fractured jaw is suspected, try to keep the jaws from moving by using a towel, tie or handkerchief, then take the child to the nearest hospital emergency room.