When a dental emergency occurs, it’s essential to get prompt treatment. Of course, the first (and best) step is to have an established dental home. Whether an injury happens on the playground, in school or at home, having a dental home is the best way to be prepared.

Toothache: Clean the area of the affected tooth. Rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge any food that may be impacted. If the pain still exists, contact your child’s dentist.

Cut, or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek: Apply ice to injured areas to help control the swelling. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze. If bleeding cannot be controlled by simple pressure, call a doctor or visit the emergency room.

Knocked out Tooth: Do not brush or scrub tooth and do not touch the root. Gently rinse tooth under running water. Place tooth in a cup of milk and call your dentist for an evaluation.

Loss of Consciousness or Nausea/Vomiting: If your child has a traumatic injury and loses consciousness or experiences nausea and/or vomiting, call 911 or immediately bring them to the emergency room.