Dental emergencies can happen anytime, to anyone, and anywhere, children included. In fact, children are more vulnerable to dental emergencies because of their explorative and carefree nature.
The responsibility of taking care and looking out for children lies in the hands of parents. Knowledge of first aid steps is not enough. You also need to have a trusted emergency dentist in Glen Waverley.
At EK Dental Surgery, we handle children’s dental emergencies with utmost care and attention. We understand that dental emergencies can scare and hurt your child. Just like you, we want to end the pain as soon as possible. A same-day emergency appointment is available to prioritise your child’s dental emergency.
First Aid for Common Children Dental Emergencies
It is important to understand that first aid steps merely provide temporary relief to your child. The threat still exists and the pain can return at any time. Neglect in providing proper attention can cause the situation to worsen and might put your child’s oral health in danger.
We have drafted first aid steps for some of the most common dental emergencies experienced by children. Take a look.
Children are fond of sweets and are often reluctant to brush their teeth. In case of a toothache, here’s how you can help:
- Help your child brush his/her teeth gently. Let him/her floss after to remove debris stuck between teeth.
- Use an antiseptic mouthwash or a saline solution as your child’s mouthwash. For the saline solution, dissolve ½ teaspoon of salt to eight ounces of lukewarm water.
- Never give aspirin to your child or to those below 18 years old. Do not put aspirin on the aching area as well as this can cause a chemical burn. To minimise pain, apply clove oil on the aching area.
- If there is swelling, apply a cold compress against the area.
- See your dentist immediately.
Games can sometimes lead to accidents. A forceful blow on the face, tripping, or falling down may knock out a tooth. In case of a knocked out tooth, here’s how you can help:
- Pick the tooth by the crown, never touching the root.
- If it is dirty wash it with clean running water for no more than 10 seconds. Do not scrape, brush, or rub.
- If the tooth is permanent, reinsert it gently if possible and have your child bite down gently on a piece of cloth.
- For a baby tooth, let your dentist handle re-implantation. Do not attempt it yourself or you may damage the developing permanent tooth underneath.
- Soak the tooth in milk, saline solution, or in saliva on your way to the dentist.
- See your dentist within 30 minutes of the emergency.
For best results, we recommend orthodontic equipment at an early age. In case of broken braces, here’s how you can help:
- Remove all broken braces by letting your child rinse his/her mouth thoroughly.
- Move the offending wire in place using the clean eraser end of a pencil.
- Use cotton to cover the ends of the wire.
- See your dentist immediately.
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule will continue in 2018
In the news:
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has applauded announcement by the Turnbull Government and its Health Minister, Greg Hunt, to reinstate the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) cap to $1,000.
“The Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt … advised the ADA that a number of changes to the CDBS have been finalised and will take effect on 1 January 2018.”
Bulk Bill for children who are eligible for MEDICARE CHILD DENTAL BENEFIT SCHEDULE
Up to $1000 worth of dental treatments over two years
Same Day Dental Emergency Appointment At EK Dental Surgery
Don’t put off seeing us in case of a dental emergency. Time is very important in a dental emergency. A same day emergency appointment is available to relive you of your pain as soon as possible.
Call (03) 9887 8787 or visit us at 230 Springvale Road in Glen Waverley.