Hawks Prairie Pediatric Denistry, Olympia Pediatric Dentistry

West Olympia
Kids Dentistry

405 Cooper Point Rd.
Suite 104

Olympia, WA 98502
(360) 688-7909
Hawks Prairie
Pediatric Dentistry

130 Marvin Rd. SE
Suite 111

Lacey, WA 98503
(360) 489-1406

Pediatric Dental Emergencies

Emergencies happen!  If you face a dental emergency after hours or when we're not in the office, give us a call immediately at our emergency # (360) 783-6048.  We are always here to assist when your child’s dental health is at risk.

Below are tips on dealing with urgent dental situations. You may want to display this list on your refrigerator or store it near your emergency phone numbers for easy reference.

Bitten lip or tongue

If your child has bitten a lip or tongue severely enough to cause bleeding, clean the bite gently with water and use a cold compress (a cold, wet towel or washcloth pressed firmly against the area) to reduce or avoid swelling. Give us a call to help determine how serious the bite is.

Object caught in teeth

If your child has something caught between his or her teeth, use dental floss to remove it gently. Never use a metal, plastic, or sharp tool to remove a stuck object. If you are unable to remove the item with dental floss, give us a call.

Broken, chipped, or fractured tooth

If your child has chipped or broken a piece off of a tooth, have him or her rinse out the mouth with warm water, then use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Try to locate and save the tooth fragment that broke off. Call us immediately.

Knocked-out tooth

If your child’s tooth has been knocked out, find the tooth and rinse it with water (no soap), taking care to touch only the crown of the tooth (the part you can see when it’s in place). If you can, place the tooth back in its socket and hold it in place with a clean towel or cloth.

If you can’t return the tooth to its socket, place it in a clean container with milk. In either case, call us immediately and/or go to the hospital. If you act quickly, it’s possible to save a permanent, or adult tooth. Unfortunately, primary teeth are generally not re-implanted.

If one of your child’s primary teeth has been knocked out, you will want to schedule a visit to our practice as soon as possible so Dr. Davidson can ensure there are no fragments of tooth remaining.

Loose tooth

If your child has a very loose tooth, it should be removed to avoid being swallowed or inhaled.

Toothache

If your child complains of a toothache, rinse his or her mouth with warm water and inspect the teeth to be sure there is nothing caught between them. If pain continues, use a cold compress to ease the pain.

Do not apply heat or any kind of aspirin or topical pain reliever directly to the affected area, because this can cause damage to the gums. Children’s pain relievers may be taken orally. Schedule an appointment immediately.

Broken jaw

If you know or suspect your child has sustained a broken jaw, use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Call our emergency number and/or go to the hospital immediately.

In many cases, a broken jaw is the result of a blow to the head. Severe blows to the head can be dangerous and even life-threatening.

Avoiding injury

You can help your child avoid dental emergencies. Child-proof your house to avoid falls. Don’t let your son or daughter chew on ice, popcorn kernels, or other hard foods. Always use car seats for young children and require seatbelts for older children.

And if your child plays contact sports, have him or her wear a mouthguard. Ask us about creating a custom-fitted mouthguard for your child. Finally, prevent toothaches with regular brushing, flossing, and visits to our office.