A Parent’s Guide to a Child’s Tooth Emergency

A tooth emergency can happen to any child, any time. Your child might fall and break a tooth. Or she might bite her cheek and start bleeding. Depending on the situation, you may need your pediatric dentist to mend the mishap. Here’s what to do in the meantime:

My child fell and knocked out a permanent tooth.

  • First, remain calm. Your child may be startled and it’s up to you to keep the situation under control. Comfort your child and take her mind off the accident.
  • Next, locate the tooth and pick it up by the chewing surface, being careful not to touch the root.
  • If the tooth is not dirty or broken, try to reinsert it into the empty socket in your child’s mouth. Have your child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean cloth or gauze.
  • If the tooth is dirty, broken, or you cannot reinsert it, put the tooth in a glass of milk or saltwater solution. Contact your pediatric dentist immediately.


My child chipped or broke a tooth.

  • Remain calm and comfort your child.
  • Place the broken tooth in a glass of milk or saltwater solution. Do not scrape or scrub it.
  • Take your child to your pediatric dentist immediately. The dentist may be able to reattach the broken piece.


My child cut or bit his lip, cheek or tongue.

  • Apply direct pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding.
  • If there is swelling, apply a cold compress. A popsicle works well.
  • Give your child a kid-appropriate dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain.


My child has a toothache.

  • Soothe the ache with a warm salt water rinse.
  • Apply a cold compress directly to the affected area if you notice any swelling.
  • Give him a children’s dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain.
  • Visit your child’s pediatric dentist as soon as possible to find out what’s causing the toothache.


Let’s face it — accidents and childhood go hand in hand. If the accident involves your child’s teeth, stay calm and give us a call. We’re here to help.


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