What do I do if my child knocks out a Permanent Tooth?
If possible, find the tooth. Handle it by the crown, not by the root. You may rinse the tooth with water only. DO NOT clean with soap, scrub or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Try placing the tooth back in the socket. Have your child hold the tooth in place by biting on a gauze. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, place the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s saliva or milk. Then call your Pediatric Dentist at 813-907-3100.
What do I do if my child knocks out a Baby Tooth?
Contact Pettinato Children’s Dentistry during business hours at 813-907-3100. Unlike a permanent tooth, the baby tooth should not be replanted due to possible damage to the developing permanent tooth. This is not usually an emergency, and in most cases, no treatment is necessary.
What do I do if my child chips or fractures a permanent tooth?
Contact Dr. Pettinato at 813-907-3100 immediately. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment.
What do I do if my child has a toothache?
Rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm water and use dental floss to Gently dislodge any food caught between the teeth. If the pain still exists, contact Pettinato Children’s Dentistry at 813-907-3100.
What do I do if my child has a cut or bitten tongue, lip or cheek?
Clean the area gently with water and apply ice or a cold compress to the injured areas. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth. If bleeding cannot be controlled by simple pressure, call a doctor or visit the hospital emergency room.
Cold or canker sores
Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If the source persists, call our office on the phone.