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Pediatric Dental Emergency First Aid Tips

If your child has a dental emergency, call our office as soon as possible, (904) 215-7800.
We will make every effort to see your child in a timely manner. We also have a 24 hour emergency line for after hours emergencies. Dental emergencies include knocked out permanent teeth, cut or bitten tongue, lip or cheek, toothache, broken teeth, possible broken jaw, non-stop bleeding after a baby tooth falls out, and non-healing cold or canker sores.

First Aid for Dental Emergencies:

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth:
Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the top (crown), not the root portion. You may rinse the tooth, but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Try to reinsert it into its socket. Have the child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean gauze or cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing milk or water. See Dr. Kailes IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek:
Apply ice to bruised areas. If there is bleeding, apply firm 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 the emergency room.

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. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. If face is swollen, apply a cold compress. Take acetaminophen for pain and see Dr. Kailes as soon as possible.

Broken Tooth:
Rinse dirt from injured area with warm water. Place cold compresses over the face in the area of the injury. Locate and save the broken tooth fragments. See Dr. Kailes immediately!

Other Emergency Conditions:
Possible Broken Jaw: If a fractured jaw is suspected, try to keep the jaws from moving by using a towel or handkerchief, then take the child to the nearest hospital emergency room.

Bleeding After Baby Tooth Falls Out:
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 Dr. Kailes.

Cold/Canker Sores:
Many children occasionally suffer from “cold” or “canker” sores. Usually over-the-counter preparations give relief. Because some serious diseases may begin as sores, it is important to see Dr. Kailes if these sores persist.

The office of Dr. Beth Kailes is located across the street from Fleming Island High School, convenient for families living in Fleming Island, Orange Park, Green Cove Springs, Middleburg and the surrounding areas. We are open Monday through Fridays with evening appointments available on select days. Most major and military insurances are accepted & interest-free payment plans are available.
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