Emergencies

h-pediatric2If your child has a dental emergency during normal business hours, call us at (229) 439-8896. Call 911 if your child experiences a medical emergency.

Knocked Out Tooth

If a baby tooth is knocked out, leave it out. Placing it back in the socket could damage the permanent tooth. If your child loses a permanent tooth, recover it, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth into the socket, and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup of milk or saliva (milk is best). Time is essential, so contact our office as soon as possible.

Tooth Ache

Contact our office as soon as possible. Pain is often a sign of a serious infection that can get worse if not treated. It is normal for pain to lessen and get worse during the day. If the pain goes away do not assume that the problem has resolved.

If your child is not eating and/or drinking and/or has pain and significant facial swelling, go to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately. Young children can become dehydrated quickly and infection can spread rapidly.

Chipped Tooth

Small chips are common in children. If the chip is small and your child is eating and drinking without sensitivity, the tooth will likely not require treatment. A fracture that extends to the tooth nerve (evidenced by bleeding from the center of the tooth itself or significant sensitivity when eating/drinking or air exposure) needs to be treated immediately, so call our office as soon as possible. Any time you are concerned following an injury, please call our office.

Bumped A Tooth (Concussion/Luxation)

Even if your child’s tooth does not appear to be loose, we need to complete an exam to determine the extent of the injury. If the tooth is loose, it may need to be splinted in place so that it can heal.

Toothpaste Tips

According to the American Dental Association, brushing with fluoride toothpaste is the most efficient way to kill bacteria that causes cavities. However, please make sure your child does not swallow too much toothpaste.

Children under 3 may use a fluoride toothpaste but should only have a small smear (the size of a grain of rice) at each brushing. Around 3 years old, as children are able to spit out the toothpaste, they can increase to a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Parents should assist with brushing until a child has the manual dexterity to do a thorough brushing themselves (usually when your child is able to write in cursive or tie their own shoes).

Teething Guidelines

A baby’s first tooth typically erupts between 6 to 12 months of age. However, the exact time of tooth eruption varies. Signs of teething include:

  • Vomiting
  • Cough or congestion
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Decreased appetite for liquids
  • Excessive drooling
  • Loose stools

Rubbing sore gums gently with a clean finger, the back of a cold spoon or a cold, wet cloth helps soothe the gums when your child is teething. Refrigerated teething rings, a pacifier and frozen fruit also work well.

For information regarding FDA “Teething Remedies,” visit http://www.orajel.com/en/Resource-Center/Teething-Relief/Teething-Remedies-By-Age-4-Months-to-2-Years.

Southland Children's Dentistry

  • Southland Children's Dentistry - 2301 Lullwater Rd., Albany, GA 31707 Phone: 229-439-8896 Fax: 229-337-2408

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