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If your child experiences a dental emergency, there are things you need to do to save your child’s smile and improve the situation. First, you need to keep a cool head. Second, you need to do the following things:

-For a knocked-out tooth: If the tooth was prematurely knocked out of the mouth, make sure to keep the tooth moist at all times. You can try to put the tooth back into place without forcing it or you can keep it between your gums and cheeks. If these options are not suitable, you can place the tooth in a cup of milk. Call your dentist right away.

-For a cracked tooth: Immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the tooth and surrounding area. Place an ice pack or cold compress outside the injured area to keep the swelling down. Cracks gradually harbor plaque and bacteria, which usually promotes tooth decay. So, it’s important to call our office and schedule an appointment as soon as you can.

-For a bitten lip or tongue: Clean the lip or tongue as gently as possible and ice the area to relieve discomfort and keep the swelling down.

-For a toothache: Swish warm water around the mouth to remove anything that might be irritating the tooth. If that doesn’t help, gently floss around the throbbing tooth. Please do not put pain medication directly on the tooth or surrounding gums.

-For an object stuck between teeth: Try to remove the object with dental floss. If this does not work or if you do not have dental floss, please do not try to remove the object with a sharp or pointed tool. Seek your dentist for advice.

Remember to stay calm, soothe your child, and call Dr. Cindy Wassif at 410-687-1162 while you follow these tips and recommendations. Our team at Wassif Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is happy to help you in any way we can, even if it’s by helping you through the dental injury or emergency in Middle River, Maryland. We look forward to assisting you!