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After a record-setting winter of cold and snow, spring is finally here! Warmer temperatures mean kids are playing outside again. They are riding bikes and scooters, shooting hoops in the driveway, playing catch, building forts and going to sports practices.

Unfortunately, as all parents know, playing outside can lead to more accidents. Now is a good time to think about what to do in case of a dental emergency. The possibility of an emergency is one of the reasons is it important to have an established dental home for your child. If an accident happens, your child’s dentist will already have their medical history and access to previous x-rays and dental work.

Check out our simple tips for what to do in case your child has an accident that requires emergency dental care.

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.

What to do if an accident happens when the office is closed:

  • Call us at (816) 479-5562 no matter the time of day. At Pediatric Smiles, our patients are our family and we are available by phone to our patients for emergency care 24 hours a day.
  • After clinic hours, please use the phone number in the automated voice message to reach Dr. Francois.

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

The following precautions can be taken to avoid dental injuries:

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

Remember, if an accident does happen, we are always here to help our patients. Call our office at (816) 479-5562. If our office is closed, please use the phone number in the automated voice message to reach Dr. Francois.