Pediatric Dental Emergencies

Accidents and dental emergencies can happen at any time, especially when you have children. At Manhattan Beach Pediatric Dentists, we are here when those emergencies arise and are always ready to help. You can save valuable time and unnecessary stress by communicating any risks, hobbies, or sports your child may be engaged in so we can best equip him or her with the gear and knowledge you might need to help your child stay safe. Knowing exactly what to do in an accident or sports injury can be the difference between losing and saving a tooth.

Remember to save our number in your phone and have it readily available in case of an emergency. If one should happen, we are just a phone call away.

What do I do if my child loses a tooth?
In an emergency, contact our office right away. If your child loses a permanent tooth, try to keep it moist while you get to the dentist. You can try placing it back into the socket if that is not painful, or between the cheek and gums. If that is not possible, placing it in milk can significantly improve the chances of saving the tooth.

What do I do if my child cracks a tooth?
If your child cracks a tooth or bites his or her tongue or lip, rinse with warm water and apply a cold compress to reduce the swelling. For toothaches or objects stuck in the mouth or between teeth, gently floss to clean the area and remove any debris. Do not put aspirin on the teeth or gums, and never use a sharp object on teeth.

Having your child wear a mouthguard during physical activity will help protect his or her teeth. By encouraging your child to avoid chewing on tough foods like ice, popcorn kernels, or hard candy, you can greatly reduce the chances of him or her cracking a tooth. Combined with these preventive efforts and refraining from cutting or tearing objects with his or her teeth, you can minimize the risk of a dental emergency.

If your child has a dental emergency, contact us today at (310) 545-4549.