Clean the area around the sore tooth. Rinse the mouth with warm salt water or use dental floss to dislodge trapped food or debris. Apply COLD compresses. Never place aspirin on the gums or on the aching tooth. Take acetaminophen for pain and see the 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, cloth or tea bag. If the bleeding cannot be stopped after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, take your child IMMEDIATELY to a hospital emergency.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
Go to the dentist or emergency room right away after following these steps: 1) Find the tooth. 2) Hold the tooth by the crown (the “chewing” end of the tooth) — not the root. 3) Place the tooth in a container of milk or your child’s saliva. You also can place the tooth between your lower lip and gum. Be careful not to swallow it! 4) Do not store it in tap water.
For older kids and teens, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. Have your child bite down on gauze to help keep it in place. If the tooth is stored in a container (rather than back in the socket), have your child bite down on a gauze pad or handkerchief to relieve bleeding and pain.
Injured gums or baby teeth in baby or toddler:
Apply pressure to the area (if it’s bleeding) with a piece of cold, wet gauze. If your child is old enough to follow directions, ask him or her to bite down on the gauze. Offer an ice pop to suck on to reduce swelling, or hold an ice-pack wrapped in a washcloth to the cheek. Give acetaminophen or ibuprofen as needed for pain. Call a dentist.
Watch for swelling of the gums, pain, fever, or a change in the color of the tooth.
Collect all pieces of the tooth. Rinse the mouth with warm water. Place cold compresses over the injured area. Call a dentist right away to schedule a visit.
Broken Braces 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, cheek or tongue, DO NOT remove it. Take the child to the dentist immediately.
Make sure kids wear mouthguards and protective gear for contact sports and helmets while biking, skateboarding, and inline skating. Childproof your house to prevent falls.