Dr. Joy Dental Clinic in Dubai reveals the most common dental emergencies in kids and how to deal with them
Mouth injuries can be common in children –accidents happen, but it’s important to know how to handle a dental emergency and help prevent further damage or the permanent loss of your child’s tooth.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) by 6 months of age, children should have a routine oral health assessment by a dentist.
Listed below are the top five most frequently asked dental queries that our Pediatric Dentists have received relating to dental emergencies in children:
1. What do I do if my child’s tooth comes off due to trauma during sports?
- Wash the tooth in water without touching the root.
- If the child is older, put the tooth under their tongue or put it in a glass of milk or a parent can spit saliva in a cup and store the tooth in it.
- The faster you get to the dentist, the better the chances of survival of the tooth. If a permanent tooth is knocked out, the dentist can reimplant the tooth accordingly.
2. What do I do if my child is suffering from acute pain in their mouth?
- It might be due to, “teething syndrome” – if so, you should give your child over the counter paracetamol.
- If your child is suffering from acute pain from dental decay during the night – give them paracetamol or apply clove oil to the required area.
3. What do I do if my child’s tooth gets mobile following a trauma?
- If it is a permanent tooth, you would have to go to the dentist as soon as possible. So that the dentist can correct the position of the tooth and reposition it as necessary. The dentist might also have to splint the tooth.
4. What should I do if my child has an object caught in their teeth?
- Get them to gargle, brush and floss their teeth and if the object doesn’t come out after doing so – then proceed to see your dentist immediately. The dentist can remove the object without causing any kind of trauma to the child’s gums.
- Do not use any instruments at home to try to remove the object.
5. What if my child has ulcers and it is causing them pain in their mouth?
- Avoid feeding your child acidic, spicy or abrasive food, such as potato chips, lemons and salted nuts as it can aggravate the ulcers.
- Salt water rinses, anything cold and room temperature alkaline in nature can be offered to the child.
- Topical gels can be used for oral ulcers.
- Apply a layer of over the counter oral gel on your child’s ulcer after their meals and before they go to bed. This will relieve the pain and help the child eat normally.
- The ulcers causing the pain in your child’s mouth can also be due to a viral infection. This can lead to a high fever. In this case, the best thing to do is to take your child to a physician.