Dental Emergencies

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As a leading Lynnwood and Bothell pediatric dentistry practice, the team at Alderwood Children’s Dentistry provides children with the specialized dental care they need. Seeing that a dental emergency can occur at any time, it is important to be aware of any symptoms your child may be experiencing which can indicate there is a problem with their teeth. We believe in educating our patients and their parents to teach them how to calmly take care of these emergency situations at home and how to prevent them in the future.

Advice from Your Bothell Pediatric Dentist - How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

A Toothache

A toothache is a very common dental problem many children experience. It is a series of sharp pains that surround the tooth, which can eventually spread into the root if the issue is not addressed. A toothache can be triggered from sensitivities that stem from drinking hot and cold beverages, to cause discomfort. If your child is complaining of a toothache, have them rinse out their mouth with warm salt water to help soothe the gum tissue and reduce inflammation. It can also be helpful to have your child floss around the affected tooth to dislodge any debris that may be causing the inflammation. If the pain continues over several days, contact our Lynnwood office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Clint.

Chipped or Fractured Permanent Teeth

If your child chips or fractures a permanent tooth, we encourage you to locate and collect any fragments of the tooth, as it is possible the tooth can be restored. Then contact our office right away to schedule an appointment so Dr. Clint can provide your child with the treatment he or she needs to restore the tooth to its original condition.

Bitten Tongue, Cheek or Lip

This is another emergency that may require immediate care from your kids’ dentist near Bothell. Many of us have bitten our tongues, lips, or inside of the cheek when eating. This is a painful problem that should be addressed immediately. Apply ice to the injured area to prevent swelling. Once the bleeding stops, rinse with warm salt water to clean out the injured area and to help avoid infection. If the bleeding persists, contact us immediately or seek medical attention.

Broken or Fractured Jaw

It is surprisingly common for children to break or fracture their jaws when being active in sports like football, hockey, and basketball. Just a simple collision with another person can do great harm to the jaws and teeth and can even result in a head injury. If the jaw is injured, it is important to keep the jaw from moving and to seek immediate medical attention. Jaw injuries are one of the main reasons children should always wear protective mouth guards whenever playing sports.

Contact Your Bothell Area Kids’ Dentist Today

If your child is showing any symptoms of these dental emergencies and you’re unsure how to properly handle it, please give our Lynnwood, WA office a call at 425-775-5411 so we can help. If you'd like to book an appointment for your child to visit our pediatric dentist, please complete our online appointment request form. We look forward to hearing from you!