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What to Do If Your Child Breaks a Tooth

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Dental emergencies are no fun, but unfortunately they do happen. Because the best way to handle them is to be prepared beforehand, today we’ll suggest steps to take if your kid breaks a tooth:

Steps After a Tooth Breaks

  1. Save Any Pieces
  2. If there are loose pieces of your child’s tooth, safely store them in milk in case we are able to cement them back together. We may not be able to, but it’s worth a shot!

  3. Rinse Out Their Mouth
  4. After dental trauma, gently rinsing your child’s mouth with warm water. This will help to remove anything in the mouth such as food particles, debris, or blood. Rinsing out their mouth is an important step because it will lower your child’s risk of developing an oral infection.

  5. Use Gauze for Bleeding
  6. If you child is bleeding, take a clean piece of gauze and lightly press it on the affected area. You can also use a clean rag or washcloth if you don’t have any gauze on hand.

  7. Prevent Sensitivity with Temporary Dental Cement
  8. You can buy temporary dental cement from your local drugstore as a temporary solution to ease any tooth sensitivity after a tooth breaks or cracks, which can happen if the dentin, the more sensitive part of the tooth under the enamel, is exposed.

  9. Call Us for Emergency Dental Care
  10. For any dental emergency, call us so we can help walk you through the next steps and determine the best course of action. We’ll do our absolute best to get your child in as soon as possible so we can start treatment right away. We suggest having our phone number programmed into your phone!

  • Lytle: 830-772-5600
  • McPherson: 956-725-3100
  • Kerrville: 830-355-4488
  • San Antonio: 210-762-6778

Dental Advice for Your Tots to Your Teens

Contact us if you have any other questions about what to do for your child during a dental emergency.


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