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If your child experiences an oral injury or emergency, please don’t overlook it, even if you think baby teeth are little more than a nuisance. Baby teeth are more important than you might think, which is why our North Forest Family Dental Care dental team encourages you to do the following things if your child suffers a traumatic oral experience:

-For a knocked-out tooth: If the tooth was knocked out prematurely, it is very important that you keep the tooth as moist as possible. You can try to put the tooth back in place, but make sure you put it back the right way if you decide to do so. If you cannot put the tooth back into position, you can place it between yours or your child’s gums and cheeks or you can put it in a cup of milk. Make sure to call our office and schedule an appointment right away.

-For a cracked tooth: Clean the area by swishing the mouth with warm water. Then, ice the face to keep the swelling down. Call our office and schedule an appointment when you get the chance. If the crack is not treated, it can eventually trap bacteria and plaque, promoting tooth decay.

-For a bitten lip or tongue: Clean the lip or tongue as gently as possible and ice the area to relieve discomfort and keep the swelling down.

-For a toothache: Rinse the mouth with warm water and gently floss around the tooth to remove any particles or objects that might be stuck. Whatever you do, do not put pain pills on the throbbing tooth or gums.

-For an object stuck between teeth: Try to remove the object with dental floss. Please do not attempt the task with a sharp or pointed tool.

To learn more about what to do during a dental emergency in The Woodlands, Texas, please call our office at 936-271-3338. Dr. Betzy Lara-Perdue, Dr. Brooke Kennedy, and our dental team will be more than happy to help you through this experience if you call our office as soon as you can.