How to Handle Dental Emergencies with Kids: A Parent's Trusty Guide

Parenting is a noble and challenging adventure, but throw a dental emergency into the mix, and the stakes suddenly get toothier.  For a young child, a dental crisis can be a source of both pain and panic. Knowing what to do if such an occasion arises is not just reassuring for you as a parent but also a critical part of your child's well-being.

There may be occasions where your little one’s oral health care requires more than just a kid’s toothbrush or baby teether; that’s why we’re created a go-to Brush Baby guide on how to handle unexpected dental situations, so you can approach them with calm and confidence.

Understanding the Common Dental Emergencies

The key to preparedness is to recognise what constitutes a paediatric dental emergency. Common situations include a chipped or fractured tooth, an object caught between the teeth, or a severe toothache. It is vital to differentiate these from less urgent problems to react appropriately.

Responding to Dental Emergencies - Step by Step

Each type of dental emergency requires a specific response. Here's what you need to know:

  • When the Tooth Is Cracked or Chipped - The degree of damage will determine the urgency. If the tooth is simply chipped, gather any pieces and: Rinse with warm water, apply gauze to any bleeding, use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Seek immediate dental care if the chip is significant or if the tooth is cracked.
  • An Object Stuck in the Tooth - Never attempt to remove an object with sharp tools as you could damage the gums. Instead: Encourage your child to brush around the area using a children’s toothbrush. Get your child to floss between their teeth to see if that resolves the issue - if flossing doesn't dislodge the object, contact your dentist.
  • Tackling a Severe Toothache - A severe toothache could indicate an infection. Do: Rinse the mouth with warm saltwater, use a cold compress on the outside of the mouth and offer your child a child-safe pain reliever.

Then, speak to your dentist immediately to diagnose the cause. An infected tooth may occur due to decay. This is why it is so important to ensure your little one has a consistent dental routine, including brushing their teeth twice a day with a kid’s toothbrush, or even better, a kid’s electric toothbrush, combined with a kid’s toothpaste.

Consulting the Tooth Fairy – Beyond Emergencies

Prevention is better than cure, and the best way to approach dental emergencies is to steer clear of them.

Regular dental check-ups, a child-friendly oral hygiene routine starting with using baby gum wipes, and then a gentle baby brush, before moving on to toddler toothbrushes, children’s toothbrushes and beyond, can significantly reduce the risk of dental issues.

Introducing fun elements like our toothbrushing charts supported by our tooth fairy character and colourful kids electric toothbrushes can also make brushing enjoyable and encourage good habits early on.

By prioritising these practices, you're not only safeguarding your child's dental health but also promoting their overall well-being.