What To Do When You Need Emergency Pediatric Dental Care

A+ Dental knows how scary and heartbreaking it can be when your child has a dental emergency. It’s absolutely essential you know what steps to take so that you can ensure the best possible result for your child.

First Steps To Take

The first thing you’ll want to do is keep your child calm and make them feel safe. When you are confident and calm, they will mirror you even if they are in distress. You probably want to freak out right along with them, but they need to see you being calm right now. Get them to a dentist as quickly as possible. You may need to call an emergency dentist. If the problem is more serious, it might be better to call 911.

Relieving pain is also a good idea but there are only so many ways you can safely do this. If they are swollen, you can help them ice the area. You may also want to see if you can remove debris from around the tooth. Don’t rub painkillers on the gums as they can make them bleed.

You also want to try to save the tooth if it is no longer in their mouth, or part seems to have broken off. If it is an adult tooth, you can do this by putting it in water or milk. It needs to stay moisturized.

If you did not see the exact incident that caused the issue with your child’s tooth, you‘ll want to make sure your child does not have a more serious injury.

Emergency pediatric dental care is so important if your child seems to have had an incident that is affecting their dental health. Next up, we’ll look at finding the right place in Houston.


Know Where To Go

It’s also crucial to know where you are going to go for your emergency pediatric dental care.  Some dental practices do not do emergency appointments. Make sure that the dental practice you visit  has a great reputation for keeping patients at ease, and that they are kid friendly.

What Constitutes A Dental Emergency?

  • Abscess (swollen tissue that has accumulated pus)
  • Dental injury like a knocked out tooth or tooth fracture
  • Swollen gums
  • Bleeding
  • Severe pain, especially in the wisdom teeth


Preventing A Dental Emergency In The Future

Knowing how to deal with a dental injury is one thing, but you’ll also want to know how to avoid them in the future. Be sure of the following:

  • Your child wears a mouth-guard and protection gear when playing sports.
  • Teach them not to use their teeth as tools.
  • Don’t let children run around with objects in their mouths.
  • Reduce trip hazards in your home.
  • Use gates to block stairways and dangerous areas in your home.
  • Visit the dentist every 6 months to make sure the teeth are healthy and strong.


A+ Dental Pediatric Specialists can provide emergency dental care for children in the Houston area. If you are in need of emergency dental care, please call our office at 1-832-241-3434 or visit us at 6500 North Freeway #124, Houston, TX 77076.