It's a knock out...
Having two young boys, we know as well as anyone that accidents happen. A considerable portion of my day is spent refereeing nerf wars, watching kids bounce off walls, climb up trees and generally getting up to mischief. Sooner or later the inevitable will happen and we will be making the trip to A&E with all the other mums (you know who you are!).
It's a knock out!... What should you do?
Kids (and adults) knock out teeth all too often. Here's a run down on how to react.
1) FIND THE TOOTH. Hold it by the crown only, never the root.
2) If the said tooth is dirty CLEAN IT using saliva or milk. Do not scrub.
3) PLACE IT BACK IN POSITION. Make sure the tooth is facing the right way. If it's a baby tooth there is no need to replace.
4) GET TO YOUR DENTIST! The sooner the better in this case. If you have not been able to re position the tooth, just pop it in a container and cover with milk or saliva.
Pain in the...tooth?
If your child has had a bump but not lost a tooth, they may suffer from toothache. In this case
1) RINSE out the mouth with salt water. Paracetamol can be used to alleviate pain.
2) COLD COMPRESS if the area is swollen.
3) MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE DENTIST.
(this doesn't apply to teething babies)
If you or your kids play sports it's a great idea to protect yourself by having a custom made mouthguard fitted by your dentist.
So, the moral of the story is to act quickly and get it checked out by your dentist. Here at New Farm Dental Studio, we guarantee to see you quickly if you have an urgent concern.