DENTAL EMERGENCIES IN KIDS: HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM
Kids are vulnerable. They are particularly prone to dental emergencies as their dental health is often overlooked.
As a parent, it is tough to see them encounter dental issues. It is crucial to know what kids’ dental emergencies are and how to deal with them.
Children usually complain of toothache, making it the most common dental problem. At the same time, it can be due to something stuck between the teeth to an abscess or a cavity. Depending on the cause, its severity varies from mild to severe. And it may go away in a day or two or may linger on long.
Whenever your child complains of a toothache, wash his mouth. Inspect for any food stuck between the teeth, or look for any signs of swollen gums. After scrutinizing it, contact the dentist.
Meanwhile, you can put cold compresses in the area to provide temporary relief. But never apply direct heat or ice to the site, as it may cause damage.
- Object Stuck Between The Teeth:
Does your child complain of food sticking in between his teeth, causing him uncomfortable or in pain? Wash his mouth and inspects his oral cavity. Take floss if anything is stuck in between his teeth to dislodge it. Usually, it is not a concern to make a trip to your dentist in an emergency, as he is to get permanent teeth later.
- Dental Abscess:
A dental abscess is a painful swelling within a dental cavity with pus in it. It can cause extreme pain, fever, swelling of the face and lymph nodes. Immediately consult your dentist if your child complains of severe pain in his tooth, and after inspecting the mouth, you find redness and swelling. A doctor should always treat it promptly as it can spread to its adjacent teeth, causing more harm.
A child may complain about sensitivity to cold or hot. But if he suddenly experiences sharp pain when he eats something hot or cold, do not ignore it. It can be a sign f any underlying problem like a cavity or any injury.
- Broken Tooth:
Ah, the kids and their naughtiness! Your child may get a broken tooth or chip it off a little while tripping down during play or falling due to any reason. If your child receives an injury, apply cold compresses to relieve the pain and look for its teeth carefully for the change of color or any breaks in teeth. Your dentist will be able to inspect with care if he has sustained any fracture in his tooth.
- Knocked-Out Tooth:
If your child gets a hit during playing, he might knock off his tooth. In this case, stay calm, wash his mouth and apply cold compresses to his teeth. Meanwhile, try to find his teeth. Please keep it in moisture without messing with it by touching it, as you can destroy its roots. Also, consult your dentist in an emergency to get his tooth reimplanted.
- Broken Jaw:
If your child has undergone trauma or injury and you suspect his jaw is fractured. Take him to the dentist immediately. The signs of a broken jaw are canting of the jaw while opening the mouth, teeth appearing uneven, or unable to open and close the mouth completely. Meanwhile, tell him not to move his jaw and tie his jaw with a scarf helping him keep his jaw in place.
- Tooth Intrusion:
Tooth intrusion is a condition in which a tooth is pushed further into the jawbone after a trauma. It can be from mild to severe. Whether it’s primary or permanent teeth, always consult a dentist immediately. On the way to the hospital, apply cold compresses to the area to stop the bleeding and help relieve the pain and swelling.
Your dentist will look into the situation and advise you on a further plan. Depending on the severity, he might wait for some time to let the tooth descend on its own or do further evaluation. Moreover, he will look if the tooth intrusion has damaged the nerve and need a root canal procedure.
- Tooth Displacement:
After a trauma, the tooth may be displaced from its socket at some angle. It may cause damage to the underlying jawline. The partial displacement of a tooth from its socket is called tooth extrusion.
After a trauma, consult your doctor immediately. While en route to the hospital, cold compress his wound to comfort it temporarily. While immediate intervention may not be needed for primary teeth, a dentist must evaluate it for permanent teeth to correct them.
- Tooth Concussion:
After a trauma, it is possible for the tooth not to be dislodged or displaced from its socket but to get a blow still causing the tooth to change its color. It is vital to observe its color change and see if it is temporary or permanent. If a tooth changes its color to black, it may indicate that the tooth is dying or losing its nerve supply. It may need intervention like a root canal.
- Tooth Decay:
Dental decay is one of the common dental emergencies causing pain and sensitivity. It is often overlooked based on the fact that kids have primary teeth. Even if the permanent teeth take over the primary teeth, this condition is not simple. Tooth decay should not be left untreated, for it can lead to other problems.
Now that you know dental emergencies, always remember to be calm and consult your dentist immediately. Dental health in kids is equally crucial as adult dental health. Take care of your children’s teeth by encouraging them to brush their teeth twice a day.