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Dental emergencies are very scary, especially if your child is the one who is experiencing it. However, there are things you can do to help the situation. First, if it’s an emergency that needs immediate treatment, call Dr. Elliot Einbinder right away. Second, until you meet with your dentist, stay calm and do the following things:

· For a knocked-out tooth: Keep the tooth moist at all times by putting it back into place, tucking it between your child’s gums and cheeks, or placing it in a cup of milk. Call your dentist as soon as possible.

· For a cracked tooth: Immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the tooth and surrounding area. Place an ice pack or cold compress outside the injured area to keep the swelling down.

· For a bitten lip or tongue: Gently clean the area and ice the lip or tongue to relieve pain and reduce swelling.

· 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 gently with floss. This should help relieve pain and discomfort. Please do not free the object with a pointed or sharp tool.

If you need additional help during your child’s dental emergency, please do not hesitate to give Wellwood Family Dentistry a call in Pikesville Maryland at 410.486.3898. We are happy to help you through this frightening time so your child can restore their oral health!