All of our detectives at Tooth Clues are precious and even though we wish that an accident does not happen, emergency dental issues and injuries do often arise. It is very important to be prepared for any dental emergency for your child, as knowing what to do can be the difference in saving or losing a tooth. And when you visit us, we will share and prepare you with the knowledge to prevent such accidents based on your child’s activities, hobbies and habits.

At Tooth Clues, we are always available to help and provide assistance for all dental problems. If your child experiences any dental emergency, please call us immediately at 571-799-0559 to speak with a dental agent or to be connected to Dr. Takiar. 

Below are some tips about how to deal with certain emergent dental problems. We recommend keeping this information in a location where it can be easily referenced in addition to our telephone number which is 571-799-0559.

Toothache

If your child complains of a toothache, rinse the area (tooth and surrounding tissue) thoroughly with warm water. If you notice any food or object impacted, use dental floss to dislodge and remove the debris that may be causing the irritation and discomfort. Do not attempt to remove any impacted food or objects with a sharp or pointed object. Please call our office immediately for an appointment.

If localized swelling is present and persists, place cold compress outside of the cheek; do not apply heat nor any topical medication to the affected area. You can give your child over the counter pain relief medication as needed. And please call our office immediately for an appointment. 

Cut/Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

If your child bites a lip, tongue or cheek area severe enough to cause bleeding, gently clean the area with warm water and apply direct pressure. Apply cold compress to help control swelling. If the bleeding does not stop, please call our office immediately for an appointment.

Facial Swelling

For any facial swelling, immediately apply cold compress, give your child over the counter pain relief medication as needed and please call our office immediately for an appointment. 

Chipped/Broken Tooth

If your child chips or breaks a piece off of a tooth, rinse the tooth and mouth with warm water and apply cold compress for any swelling. If the tooth fragment is locatable, keep it safe and as time is of the essence, please call our office immediately for an appointment. 

Baby Tooth Knocked Out

If your child knocks out a baby tooth, rinse the mouth with warm water and apply cold compress to reduce any swelling. If possible, locate the tooth to ensure that your child has not swallowed it and please call our office immediately for an appointment. Please note that baby teeth are not replanted in order to prevent potential damage to the developing permanent teeth.

Permanent Tooth Knocked Out

If your child knocks out a permanent tooth, find the tooth immediately and rinse it with cold water by only grasping it at the crown. Do not use soap or scrub it

If possible, replant the tooth into the socket and with a clean gauze or wash cloth, hold it in place with moderate pressure till you arrive to our office.

If it is not possible to replant the tooth, it is important to keep it moist. In a clean container, place the tooth in cold milk or the child’s saliva till you arrive to our office. Do not use water.

And as time is of the essence to save the tooth, please call our office immediately for an appointment. 

Broken Jaw

If you suspect or know your child experienced recent trauma to the head and has sustained a broken jaw, it is important to immediately immobilize the jaw in place and apply cold compress for any swelling. Go directly to the hospital emergency room and please call our office to inform Dr. Takiar of the injury – she will do her best to meet you at the hospital. Trauma to the head is very serious and can be life-threatening, so immediate care is necessary.