The first to learn the secret of bottling children’s energy is sure to strike it very rich indeed. The average seven-year-old child appears to generate more kilowatts of energy than a nuclear power plant in the space of an hour, and this energy isn’t always directed where it should.
Consequently, bumps, scrapes and grazes are a common occurrence in most households, which are often stocked with enough waterproof plasters and antiseptic cream to keep the NHS running comfortably for decades to come.
But fewer families know what to do when faced with dental emergencies. And if the experience of dentists here at Aqua Dental Clinic is anything to go by, these are much more common than most people think – with bruised cheeks, swollen or bleeding gums, toothache and broken or knocked-out teeth all common during formative years.
Would you know what to do when dental disaster strikes? Here are some practical dos and don’ts to follow
Dealing with dental accidents
Don’t panic! Where children are concerned, panic is infectious and could make your little one frightened
Use a clean, wet towel to clean the injured area. This minimises the risk of infection and gives you a better picture of the extent of the injury.
Soak a clean towel in ice water and use it as a cold compress over any bleeding wounds. The bleeding should stop after 10-15 minutes.
If a tooth has been knocked out, clean it in cold water and keep the tooth in a container of cold water or milk.
Phone your dentist! Book to see an emergency dentist right away. If you’re unfortunate enough to be out of hours, go straight to your local A&E.
It’s not always easy to know when to rush off seeking medical help and when to treat at home. If your child suffers from any of the following injuries, then it’s best to seek out a dentist as soon as you can:
- Severe toothache
- Bleeding or swelling of the gum
- Cuts of 3 cm and above
- When cuts won’t stop bleeding
- Broken or knocked out teeth
A dentist can often solve even the most panic-inducing of mishaps. If there’s any doubt – make an appointment straight away as they can often discover damage and potential problems you can’t see yourself.