In an Emergency, When You Need a Children’s Dentist in San Diego County, Call The Super Dentists
When your child is experiencing a dental emergency, please call our office immediately at (619) DENTIST (336-8478). If it is after normal business hours, call our emergency number (619) 851-4704 so we can accommodate your child’s needs promptly.
What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?
From canker sores to toothaches, here’s a list of eight dental problems and what you can do to treat your child and relieve their pain.
If any of these situations don’t respond to treatment or become more serious in nature, call The Super Dentist’s office. Whether you’re in Oceanside, Eastlake, Chula Vista or the surrounding San Diego area, our pediatric team is available to help.
1. How to Treat a Toothache
Clean the area around your child’s sore tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm salt water or use dental floss to displace any food trapped between teeth.
DO NOT place aspirin or heat on your child’s gum or on the aching tooth. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress or ice wrapped in a cloth. Give your child acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain and make an appointment with his/her pediatric dentist as soon as possible.
2. Problem with Broken Braces and Wires?
Loose or broken appliances that do not bother your child don’t usually require emergency attention. If your kid’s braces break and can be removed easily, take out the broken piece. If it cannot be removed easily, cover the sharp or protruding portion with wax, cotton balls, gauze or chewing gum until you can get to The Super Dentists’ office to see an orthodontist.
If a wire is stuck in your child’s gums, cheek or tongue DO NOT remove it. Call The Super Dentists’ office and bring your child in for an appointment with a pediatric specialist immediately.
3. What to Do When Your Child Cuts or Bites His/Her Tongue, Lip or Cheek
Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, take your child to a hospital emergency room.
4. I Think My Child May Have a Broken Jaw
If a fractured jaw is suspected, try to keep your child’s jaw from moving by using a towel, tie or handkerchief. Then, take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room for treatment.
5. How to Treat Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out
Fold and pack a clean gauze or cloth over the bleeding area. Have your child bite on the gauze with pressure for 15 minutes. This may be repeated once. If bleeding persists, call The Super Dentists and their team of pediatric professionals.
6. Is a Cold/Canker Sore Serious?
Many children occasionally suffer from “cold” or “canker” sores. Over-the-counter preparations usually provide relief.
Some serious diseases may begin as sores and therefore, it is important to have a dental evaluation to assess the situation. If your child’s sores persist, call The Super Dentists’ office to schedule an appointment with a member of their pediatric team.
7. Can a Permanent Tooth That Was Knocked Out Be Saved?
Time is a critical factor in saving your child’s tooth.
First, find the tooth. Be sure to handle it by the top (i.e. crown) not the root portion. You may rinse the tooth gently in cool water, but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily.
Try to reinsert it in its socket. Have your child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean gauze or cloth. If you cannot insert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing milk or water. Call The Super Dentists and their team of pediatric professionals IMMEDIATELY!
8. What Do I Do If My Child Broke a Tooth?
Rinse dirt from the injured area with warm water. Place cold compresses over your child’s face in the area of the injury. Locate and save any broken tooth fragments. Immediate dental attention is necessary. Call the pediatric dentists at The Super Dentists’ office right away.
Remember, Dental Emergencies Can Be Prevented
Here are some helpful tips to follow with your kids:
• If your children are athletes, encourage them to wear comfortable, professionally-crafted mouth protectors during sports.
• Always use a car seat for young children. Require seatbelts for everyone else in the car.
• Childproof your home. A significant percentage of mouth injuries occur in children under the age of 3.
• Protect your children from unnecessary toothaches with regular dental check-ups and preventive care.
Live in San Diego County? Make an Appointment for Your Child to See a Pediatric Dentist Today
Browse this Web site for more details about The Super Dentists’ San Diego pediatric practice. You’ll find lots of detailed information designed to help you make a smart decision regarding your children’s dental care.
Our regular office hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., as well as some Saturdays.
We have offices conveniently located in both north and south San Diego counties. When you’re looking for a kid’s dentist in Oceanside, Eastlake, Chula Vista or the surrounding areas of San Diego, call (760) or (619) DENTIST (336-8478) to make an appointment for your child.
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