What to Do for a Child’s Dental Emergency

In this post, we discuss the basics of what to do when your child has a dental emergency, including a cracked or broken tooth and other situations.

If you are having a dental emergency now, please call your dentist immediately.

For a dentist in Plano, TX call the office of David Wilhite DDS at (972) 964-3774

 

Kids Dental Accidents

Kids can be crazy sometimes. They run, they play, they roughhouse, they fall, and accidents happen. It’s a part of childhood.

But what do you do when you are confronted with a crying child with an injury to their mouth or teeth?

We will try to give you some quick tips to help you out.

 

What to do first

First of all, remain calm.

As you know already with kids, you have to “keep your cool” so that your child won’t become to upset or panic.

Console your child and reassure them that everything will be okay. It will be!

Assess the best you can if there is a more serious issue, such as a head injury, concussion or broken jaw.

If you have serious concerns or uncertain how serious it is, you can call 911 for help. We hope this is not the case but you want to make sure.

 

Overcoming dental fearBroken Tooth

If your child has broken a permanent adult tooth, you want to save the tooth and keep it moist.

Placing the piece of the tooth into a small container of milk will actually work best. A saltwater solution is your next best option.

Be careful handling the tooth and try to handle it from the crown, not the root or exposed area.

A primary (baby) tooth does not need to be kept moist but recover it and handle carefully and bring it to the dentist.

Contact your dentist immediately.

 

Chipped Tooth

If your child has chipped a permanent adult tooth, you want to try and recover the chipped piece of the tooth and keep it moist.

Placing the piece of the tooth into a small container of milk to keep it moist. A saltwater solution is your next best option.

Be careful handling the tooth and try to handle it from the crown, not the root or exposed area.

Contact your child’s dentist right away.

 

Pediatric Dentistry Plano, TXCracked Tooth

Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area.

Get an icepack or cold compress and press it to the face to keep swelling down.

Contact your dentist as soon as possible.

 

Cuts or Bites to Lip, Tongue, or Cheek

Assess how serious the injury is. Could it potentially require stitches?

Gently clean the area with water and apply a cold compress or ice pack.

Head to the emergency room if the issue may require stitches.

Give your child a kid-appropriate dosage of acetaminophen or ibuprofen to ease pain or discomfort.

 

Toothache

Rinse out the mouth with a warm salt water rinse.

Apply an icepack or cold compress to the affected area.

Give your child a children’s dosage of acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain.

Contact your dentist if the issue persists and schedule an appointment.

 

We hope these tips help you and your child get through this difficult time!

 


Plano Dentist David WilhiteDavid Wilhite is a Plano Dentist specializing in children’s pediatric dentistry with over 30 years experience in general and cosmetic dentistry. He can help you with children’s dental carethumb sucking and pacifier usedental fears in children and baby dental care.

Keep your child smiling now and in the future!

Call us today at (972) 964-3774


FDA Warning – Teething Jewelry Not Safe

Teething Jewelry Safety Warning FDA

The FDA has issued a warning against using teething jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets, and other jewelry marketed as relieving infant teething pain.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration issued a warning on December 20, 2018, against the use of “teething jewelry” that is marketed to parents as relieving an infant’s teething pain.

The new FDA warning was issued to alert parents about the risks of teething jewelry after an 18-month old toddler died after strangling on his amber teething necklace during a nap.

The FDA said it had also received a report about a 7-month-old baby who choked on the beads of a wooden teething bracelet and was taken to the hospital.

“We know that teething necklaces and jewelry products have become increasingly popular among parents and caregivers who want to provide relief for children’s teething pain and sensory stimulation for children with special needs. We’re concerned about the risks we’ve observed with these products and want parents to be aware that teething jewelry puts children, including those with special needs, at risk of serious injury and death,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.

 

Dangerous Teething Jewelry

amber teething necklace safetyThis FDA warning includes teething jewelry such as teething necklaces, teething bracelets, and other teething jewelry that is worn by either an adult or child.

It includes items marketed as teething jewelry for dads and teething necklaces for moms.

The warning covers teething jewelry beads made from various materials including amber, wood, marble, or silicone.

These teething jewelry products are not the same as traditional teething rings or teethers. These are still considered safe. Traditional teething rings are made of hard plastic or rubber and are not designed to be worn by adults or children.

 

Is Teething Jewelry Safe?

According to the FDA, teething jewelry, including necklaces and bracelets, are not safe and may cause serious injuries to infants and children. The risks of using teething jewelry include choking, strangulation, injury to the mouth, and infection.

The FDA also advises against using teething creams, benzocaine gels, sprays, ointments, and lozenges for mouth and gum pain. These anesthetics can cause a life-threatening condition in small children called methemoglobinemia, in which the amount of oxygen carried through the blood is reduced.

 

Are Teething Rings Still Safe?

rubber teething ring fda approvedTraditional teething rings or teethers not meant to be worn as jewelry are still considered safe.

This FDA warning is about newer teething jewelry products that are intended to be worn by infants or adults and may be made with amber, wood, silicone or other materials.

Teething rings made from firm rubber are still recommended to help soothe teething pain.

 

Teething Recommendations

Talk to your doctor about alternative ways you can reduce teething pain such as:

  • Gently rubbing or massaging the gums with a clean finger
  • Giving the teething child a teething ring made of firm rubber
  • Make sure the teething ring is not frozen. If the object is too hard, it can hurt the child’s gums.
  • Parents and caregivers should supervise the child during use.
  • Read these recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics

 

We hope that you will be aware of the risks of using teething jewelry and warn others about this new warning issued by the FDA. There are teething rings that are safe for infants. Please do not use these newly popular teething necklaces and amber teething beads.


Plano Dentist David Wilhite David Wilhite is a Plano Dentist specializing in children’s pediatric dentistry with over 30 years experience in general and cosmetic dentistry. He can help you with children’s dental carethumb sucking and pacifier usedental fears in children and baby dental care.

Keep your child smiling now and in the future!

Call us today at (972) 964-3774


Sources
FDA: Don’t use teething jewelry to relieve pain – American Dental Association
FDA warns about teething jewelry after 18-month-old dies – CBS News
FDA Warns Against Use of Teething Necklaces, Bracelets, and Other Jewelry Marketed for Relieving Teething Pain or Providing Sensory Stimulation: FDA Safety Communication – Food & Drug Administration 
Baby Teething Pain – American Pediatric Association

 

Holiday Dental Tips for Kids

Holiday Dental TipsDental health is important at every time of the year, all through your life. For kids, it’s important that we establish good dental habits.

During the holiday season though, your kid’s dental health will be put to the test. Snack trays, sweets, pastries and sugary temptations will be everywhere. Well-meaning grownups and grandparents will be more than happy to fill them up with treats.

We want to make sure your children stay healthy during the holidays and don’t head into their next appointment with new cavities.

In order to help, we’re going to share some holiday dental tips for kids provided by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Read the tips below to keep your kids healthy.

 

Healthy Habits to keep your kids smiling through the holidays and into the new year.

The holiday season is always a busy time, especially for families. With kids out of school, a steady stream of festivities and a new year to plan for, the rhythm of everyday life gets put on hold. And sometimes that means good oral health routines and habits go out the window too.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) wants to remind parents and caregivers that the holiday break is a great time to help your kids establish and maintain healthy dental habits. This includes good brushing, flossing and eating habits that are essential for healthy teeth.

  • The AAPDS recommends that a child’s first visit to a pediatric dentist should be by the AGE OF ONE or when the FIRST TOOTH APPEARS. Regular check-ups should occur every SIX MONTHS.
  • Parents should help their children brush their teeth TWICE DAILY – after breakfast and before bedtime are ideal. It’s recommended that parents/caregivers supervise the brushing for school-age children until they are 7 to 8 years of age.
  • The BEST TOOTHBRUSHES for children have soft, round-ended (polished) bristles that clean while being gentle on the gums. The handle should be proportionate to the size of the child’s hand.
  • Parents can begin FLOSSING for their children when two teeth are touching. Children can begin flossing on their own around age 7.
  • Look for FLOURIDE TOOTHPASTE with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.
  • Sugary candy, food, and drinks are part of the holidays. With this, the risk of cavities and poor dental health also increases. Parents should try to moderate sugar intake, and WATCH OUT FOR CARBONATED DRINKS, which actually erode teeth more than sweetened drinks.
  • Keep an eye on on snacking – ideally, children should have NO MORE THAN THREE SNACK TIMES a day.
  • COOKED STARCHES CAN LEAD TO CAVITIES just as sugars can. In fact, cooked starches such as bread, crackers, pasta, pretzels and potato chips frequently take longer to clear the mouth than sugars.
  • LIMIT SUGAR INTAKE by checking labels and buying sugar-free varieties of food options, if available.
  • CHEESES such as aged cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella and Monterey Jack are great as a snack or to eat after a meal because they clear the mouth of food and neutralize the acids that attack teeth.

This story originally appeared on The Mouth Monsters

Healthy Habits at the Holidays Infographic

We hope that you will take these recommendations into consideration for your own children during the holiday season. We want to help parents establish good dental health habits for children so they get a good foundation for health as adults.


Plano Dentist David WilhiteDavid Wilhite is a Plano Dentist specializing in children’s pediatric dentistry with over 30 years experience in general and cosmetic dentistry. He can help you with children’s dental carethumb sucking and pacifier usedental fears in children and baby dental care.

Keep your child smiling now and in the future!

Contact us online or call us today at (972) 964-3774