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Is your child experiencing a dental emergency? If so, there are things you should do to help your child and help improve the situation. First, you need to keep calm and try to sooth and calm your child down. Next, you should do the following things:

-For a knocked-out tooth: If the tooth was knocked out of the mouth prematurely, the best thing you can do is keep the tooth moist. You can try to put it back into place or you can try to keep it nestled in between your child’s gums and cheeks. If these options do not work for you and your child, you can simply place the tooth in a glass of milk. Make sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

-For a cracked tooth: Clean the tooth by rinsing the mouth with warm water. Then, ice outside the injured area to keep the swelling down. Make sure to call our office and schedule an appointment for treatment. Cracks tend to harbor bacteria and plaque, which generally promotes tooth decay.

-For a bitten lip or tongue: Gently clean the area and relieve pain and swelling with a cold compress.

-For a toothache: Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area. Next, gently floss around the tooth to free any stuck object that might be causing the pain. Please do not place any pain medication, like Aspirin or ibuprofen, directly on the gums or tooth.

-For an object stuck between teeth: Try to remove the object with dental floss. Please do not attempt the task with a sharp or pointed tool.

If you need help with these recommended tips, or if you would like to know more about what to do in a dental emergency in Sioux City, Iowa, please call Wheelock & Bursick Dentistry today and talk to Dr. Douglas Wheelock or a member of our dental team. We are happy to help you in any way we possibly can!