What If Your Kid Has Dental Injuries or Other Dental Problems
Young children can have a whole host of dental problems ranging from tooth decay to dental injuries such as knocked out teeth. The good news is that many of these problems can be prevented if you help them practice good oral hygiene combined with regular checkups at the Kids Dentistry Center. Their diet also plays a huge part in their dental health, and if they like to play sports then it’s definitely worthwhile investing in a good quality custom mouthguard protecting them from dental injuries.
Please Don’t Ignore Any Signs of Dental Injuries
If your child does have a dental emergency or complains of toothache, make sure you book an appointment for them to see a pediatric dentist, for example Dr. Marina Krepkh, as soon as possible. This is far preferable than leaving any dental problems untreated and needing to visit the emergency room for less specialized care and where your child will be treated by an unfamiliar dentist in strange surroundings. There are various signs and symptoms you can look out for and which can indicate your child needs professional dental care.
Tooth Decay and Toothache
Often the early signs of tooth decay will not be visible to anyone but a pediatric dentist, which is why we suggest all parents and caregivers bring their children in for regular checkups at the Kids Dentistry Center. If your kid starts complaining about tooth sensitivity it could be the first sign of a cavity and if they are due for a dental visit then it would be a good idea to book that appointment. If they do have toothache, contact us to book an appointment for them and we do try to see emergencies as soon as we can. In the meantime, a warm water mouth rinse can help soothe pain, as can cold compresses applied to the outside of the mouth. Your child can also take appropriate doses of over-the-counter painkillers but never put aspirin directly on the gums as it can burn them. The same applies to ice or heat.
Chipped or Fractured Teeth
If your child chips a tooth, book an appointment for them to come and see us as and soon as you can. It will generally be a matter of doing a simple repair to the tooth. Leaving a chipped tooth untreated increases the risk of it becoming decayed and it could lead to far greater dental problems.
If your child fractures a tooth, make an appointment to come and see us. A tooth fracture can be painful so you may want to provide your child with over-the-counter painkillers until you can get them into see us. In the meantime, it’s worth them avoiding biting down on the tooth and they certainly shouldn’t wiggle it.
Knocked out or Displaced Tooth or Injuries to the Soft Tissues
Contact us immediately, or if it is after office hours and the dental injuries have caused bleeding that will not stop, go to your emergency room. If the tooth is completely knocked out, save it in a little milk or water or you can try to carefully reinsert it yourself. Reinsertion is only possible within the first half an hour to an hour after accident.
It can be impossible to prevent certain pediatric dental injuries, but our pediatric dentists can advise you on the best way to minimize your child’s risk of tooth decay, gum disease and different dental injuries.
Kids Best Dentist Brooklyn NYC
Dr. Marina Krepkh
7708 4th Avenue 1st floor
Brooklyn, NY 11209 (Bay Ridge)