Children’s Dental Emergencies

Emergencies happen. At Pediatric Smiles, our patients are our family and we’re here when you need us. We are available by phone to our patients for emergency care 24 hours a day.

During office hours, the nature of the emergency will be assessed and you will be given the best time available for a timely care.  After clinic hours, please use the phone number in the automated voice message to reach Dr. Francois.

Some immediate action can help to ease the stress of a dental emergency.

What to do:

If your child knocks out a tooth.  Pick up the tooth by the top (crown). Place the tooth in a small container of milk.  Use a cold compress to reduce swelling and call your dental office immediately.

If your child cracks a tooth.  Immediately rinse mouth with warm water to clean the area.  Call the office as soon as possible to have the tooth checked.

If your child bites his/her tongue or lip.  Clean gently with warm water.  Apply a cold compress to help reduce swelling.

If your child has a toothache.  Rinse with warm water.  Gently floss to remove any debris that might be causing discomfort.  Call the dental office.

The following precautions can be taken to avoid dental injuries:

  • Always wear a mouth guard to participate in sports
  • Avoid popcorn kernels and hard candies
  • NEVER tear open a package with your teeth! (Stick with scissors)

It is also helpful to keep the following supplies on hand in case your child has a dental emergency:

  • Small container with a lid
  • Gauze
  • Ice Pack
  • Our office phone number: (816) 479-5562.  We are always here to help!