Injuries & Emergencies

Ever wonder what to do when?


Rinse the mouth with warm water, and use floss to remove any food that may be causing discomfort. Use ice to reduce the pain and swelling. Try to get to a dentist as soon as possible.

Tooth Trauma

Bumps, falls and bruises are a normal part of childhood. But any injury that causes bleeding, loosens teeth, or results in a broken tooth should be evaluated by a dentist…even if the child doesn’t complain of pain.

A tooth that is fractured or discolored may become infected. Infection in a baby tooth can cause damage to the permanent tooth. Infection of a permanent tooth can lead to tooth loss if left untreated.

Broken Teeth

If a primary tooth is knocked out, do not scrub or clean the tooth. Place the tooth in saline (contact lens solution) or milk, and call your dentist immediately. The tooth may be able to be replanted if treatment is sought promptly. Also, save any broken pieces of tooth that are found after an injury as they may be bonded back in place. If a baby tooth is broken, notify the dentist immediately, but know that primary teeth are rarely re-planted.