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Parents need to be prepared for child dental emergencies
Updated: 2/4/2011 6:59:53 PM

Parents need to be prepared for child dental emergencies. Active children may run into dental emergencies. In honor of National Children's Dental Health Month, doctors are urging parents to be prepared for an unexpected toothache or knocked-out tooth.

Parents will want to take every precaution to make sure that a child's tooth pain is minimized or a lost tooth is saved. A critical first step is calling the dentist immediately for advice.

Children with a toothache should rinse their mouths with warm water to clean the problem area. Moreover, using a water pick or piece of dental floss, the child should remove any food caught between teeth. Avoiding painkillers is recommended, as aspirin can burn sensitive gum tissue.

If the child has broken a tooth, placing a cold compress on the cheek - after a warm water rise - will help reduce swelling.

If a tooth is knocked out, and it can be located, parents should hold it by the crown and rinse it in warm water, without scrubbing it. To help save the tooth, the child should place it gently back into the now-empty tooth socket, or in a glass of milk, on the way to the dentist.

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