Recommendations for parents

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Toothache

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.

Swollen Face

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

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek

Apply ice to bruised areas. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle 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 a hospital emergency room.

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Knocked Out Teeth

Baby tooth
DO NOT PUT THE BABY TOOTH BACK IN ITS SOCKET. IT CAN DAMAGE THE PERMANENT TOOTH UNDERNEATH.

Permanent Tooth
Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the top (crown), not the root portion. You may rinse the tooth, but DO NOT scrub it. Try to reinsert it in 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 a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.

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Broken Brace and Wires

If a broken appliance can be removed easily, take it out. If it cannot, cover the sharp or protruding portion with cotton balls, gauze, or chewing gum. If a wire is stuck in the gums, cheeks, or tongue, DO NOT remove it. Take the child to a dentist immediately. Loose or broken appliances which do not bother the child don’t usually require emergency attention.

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Broken Jaw

Possible broken jaw: If a fractured jaw is suspected, try to keep the jaws from moving by using a towel, tie, or handkerchief. Then take the child to the nearest hospital emergency room.

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Bleeding After Baby Tooth
Falls Out

Fold and pack 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 a dentist.

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Broken Tooth

Rinse dirt from injured area with warm water. Place cold compresses over the face in the area of the injury. If the tooth is broken due to trauma locate and save any broken tooth fragments and keep it in the water. Immediate dental attention is necessary.