Dental emergencies include any issue that requires immediate or prompt attention. Most dental appointments that occur outside of routine cleanings may be considered emergencies since they're often in response to an issue like pain or swollen gums. Even when an issue doesn't cause pain or other symptoms, it can still be considered an emergency. The most common pediatric dental emergencies include:
If your child loses an adult tooth, try to gently place it back in the socket if you can. If you can't, place it between the child's cheek and gum or, if you're concerned they might swallow it, place it in some milk and call the dentist immediately or take your child to the emergency room. Do not touch the tooth root, which can be easily damaged. Many teeth can be placed back in the socket as long as the child is treated right away.
Yes. Participation in virtually any sport requires a mouthguard to ensure your child avoids impact injuries that can cause teeth to be cracked, broken, chipped, knocked loose or knocked out entirely. If your child needs a mouthguard, the dentist can provide guidance in selecting one that's just right for your child's needs.
Make sure your child's teeth are as healthy as possible with regular dental checkups and proper brushing and flossing routines. Tell your child not to chew ice or bite hard candy, and never to use their teeth as tools.
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