Pediatric Dental Emergencies

Emergency Smiles: A Parent’s Guide to Handling Dental Emergencies in Children

We understand how stressful and alarming it can be when your child experiences a dental emergency. That’s why we, Eagle Family Smiles are always here to help, with emergency dental care available for your peace of mind. Whether it’s a knocked-out tooth, a chipped tooth, or any other urgent dental situation, don’t hesitate to call our emergency number.

Dealing with Urgent Dental Situations: What You Need to Know

To help you handle dental emergencies effectively, we’ve compiled a list of tips and advice for common urgent situations. Keep this list handy on your refrigerator or near your emergency phone numbers.


Bitten Lip or Tongue: In the event that your child experiences a significant injury to their lip or tongue due to biting, it is recommended to softly cleanse the affected area with water and apply a cold compress to minimize any swelling. Contact our office to assess the seriousness of the injury.

Object Caught in Teeth: Use dental floss to gently remove the object. Avoid using sharp or metal tools. If the item can’t be removed, call our office for assistance.

Broken, Chipped, or Fractured Tooth: Rinse your child’s mouth with warm water, use a cold compress to reduce swelling, and try to locate and save any tooth fragments. Call us immediately for prompt treatment.

Knocked-Out Tooth:Rinse the tooth with water and store it in milk, then call our office or head to the hospital as soon as possible. Quick action can often save the tooth.

Loose Tooth: If your child has a loose tooth, it’s best to have it removed to prevent swallowing or inhalation.

Toothache: Rinse your child’s mouth with warm water and look for any trapped food particles. Use a cold compress to ease pain, and avoid applying heat or aspirin directly to the affected area. Schedule an appointment with us right away.

Broken Jaw: If you suspect your child has a broken jaw, use a cold compress and seek emergency care immediately.

Preventing Dental Emergencies: Tips for Parents

To help your child avoid dental emergencies, take these steps:

  • Child-proof your home to prevent falls.
  • Avoid hard foods like popcorn kernels and ice.
  • Use car seats and seat belts as appropriate.
  • Consider a custom-fitted mouthguard for your child’s sports activities.
  • Encourage regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits to our office.

Dr. Makani and the team at Eagle Family Smiles are dedicated to providing excellent dental care for children in Chester Springs. Contact us today for more information about our emergency dental services and to schedule an appointment for your child.

What is the recommended action if my child loses a baby tooth due to an injury?

It is advised to contact Eagle Family Smiles, your trusted family dentist in Chester Springs, immediately for proper guidance.

What should I do if my child loses a permanent tooth due to an injury?

First, rinse the tooth gently with cool water, avoid scrubbing the tooth, and try to place it back into the socket with clean gauze. If not possible, store it in a container of milk or water and contact Eagle Family Smiles for emergency dental care. Time is crucial as acting immediately increases the chances of saving the tooth.

What steps should I take if my child chips or fractures a tooth?

Contact Eagle Family Smiles right away. Time is essential as quick action can help prevent infections and save the tooth. Rinse the mouth with water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. If the broken piece is found, bring it along as it may be possible to bond it back to the tooth.

How can I manage my child’s toothache?

Contact Eagle Family Smiles immediately to schedule an appointment with our family dentist in Chester Springs. To alleviate your child’s discomfort, rinse their mouth with cold water and apply a cold compress.

What measures can I take to avoid dental injuries in my child?

Dental injuries can be prevented by using mouthguards while playing sports, ensuring child-proofing at home, and regular dental check-ups with Eagle Family Smiles.

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