It’s Saturday, and chances are you have a day filled with sporting events, friends, and picnics. But what happens when your beautiful ten-year-old runs to you crying because she’s chipped her front tooth or proudly holding in his hand his front permanent tooth?!
It’s a Saturday, do you know if your dentist is even available or if you should wait till Monday?
Toothaches can range from sensitivity (which can more than likely wait) to the type of pain that radiates throughout your entire body (which needs to be addressed immediately). Chipped teeth vary in emergency based on which tooth, how far down, nerve damage, or amount of pain. A knocked out tooth should be taken in immediately as there is a chance that it can be saved. It is important to know if what you are dealing with is in fact a dental emergency or simply an inconvenience that can wait till normal office hours.
Who Is Open on Saturdays?
Do you know where to go or who to call in case of a dental emergency. Find a dentist open on Saturdays ahead of time so you are prepared when emergencies happen.
A little pre-planning for emergencies goes a long way. Be informed. Dental problems and the discomfort and pain that come with them will derail your weekend fun. Don’t try to tough it out. If you are unsure whether or not you should manage the pain or take your child to the dentist then do not hesitate to call and ask. Quick action might be the best solution to save that precious smile.
We all know who to call and what to do for broken bones and emergency illness. Have a plan in place for preserving your family’s smiles as well. One way to prepare is by having tools in your first aid kit for dental emergencies as well. As parents we all carry the necessary band aids and ointments that come with scrapped knees, why not add a few important tools for rescuing smiles as well?
Add ibuprofen, orajel, gauze, a small cup, salt-based mouthwash, a small container with a lid, a cold press, and toothpaste to your first aid kit. Make sure essential phone numbers are also stored in your first aid kit. These items will help manage pain, stop bleeding, and preserve a lost tooth, crown or filling. Broken or knocked out teeth can be saved if you act fast. Pain and swelling can be managed with ice. Gauze can help stop the bleeding. Store the tooth in a cup of milk, saliva, or water. Be prepared.
Keep Them Smiling
By preparing for the worst you will be ready for anything. Knowing what to do in the case of a knocked-out tooth will keep the panic at bay. Your ten-year-old baby girl will know that you are the hero she always imagined. The reward – that sweet innocent smile for many more years to come!