With kids, sometimes emergencies happen! Whether from a fall or sudden pain, when your child is hurting, you want to know what to do. We are here to help. Here's what you should do when your child has a dental emergency.
First, don't panic. If your child will let you look in her mouth, then let her rest comfortably while you assess the situation. Is there blood present? Is there swelling? Does it hurt to touch? Is the tooth wiggly? Is it a permanent or baby tooth? If everything seems normal and the area is just a little tender, then try some over-the-counter pain medication and soft, cool foods like yogurt or ice cream. If your child is still experiencing pain and you're not sure how to proceed, don't hesitate to call or text us at 480-739-2993. Dr. Chaffee would be glad to do a virtual or in-person consultation to help put your mind at ease.
One of the best ways to prevent oral pain from infection is to take care of those teeth. Oral hygiene is just as important as the aesthetics of one's smile. Maintaining a healthy set of teeth and gums would require you to pay a little extra attention to them regularly. When it comes to children, this is extremely crucial as oral concerns can take a massive toll on their overall physical and mental health as well. This is why dentists always recommend their patients to take the children for regular oral consultations so that any unnoticed infections and conditions can be handled effectively before it's too late.
Importance of oral hygiene
The accumulation of plaque and tartar on the teeth surfaces is one of the main causes of depleting oral health in individuals. They release harmful acids while feeding on the food debris, which has the ability to erode the natural tooth enamel and decay the gum tissues as well. They are known to be the main cause of cavities, gum disease, bad breath, among many other oral concerns. This is the reason why dentists give so much importance to oral hygiene. In the case of children and young adults, their food habits can increase their risk of developing cavities as they tend to consume sugary foods more often.
Routine oral consultations for your child with the dentist would include dental cleaning sessions, which include scaling and root planing. During these, the dentist would remove plaque and tartar deposits from the child's teeth and root surfaces. Also, the dentist will screen the mouth for other infections, hidden cavities, cysts, tumors, inflammation, etc. To make it more convenient and painless for your child, we make use of laser technology to carry out these procedures. It is far less invasive, less time-consuming, and could make the process seem fun and interesting for the child.
How frequently is an oral consultation required?
Dental exams and consultations should be taken up at least once every six months. This may have to be carried out more frequently in case your child is more prone to oral concerns such as cavities, gum disease, damaged teeth, discoloration, etc. In such cases, your child may have to take more frequent consultations as per the dentist's recommendation. A bi-annual oral consultation is a must for children, during which we will also look into the growth of their teeth, falling off of baby teeth, jaw orientation, and growth, alignment of the teeth, among others.
Dental x-rays allow the dentist to get a better view of the oral features and spot underlying oral conditions. Some of the uses are to detect the presence of dormant underlying cavities, broken or damaged teeth, broken jawbone, cysts, and lesions, drifting of the natural teeth, jawbone deterioration, etc. In pediatric dentistry, we use x-rays to check for damaged teeth or jawbone in case of oral trauma, the growth of the teeth, underlying and dormant cavities, etc. We use state-of-the-art x-ray equipment that significantly reduces the radiation levels while providing excellent details with regard to the oral structure.
The simplest and most basic measure we recommend to maintain the optimum oral hygiene of your child is to ensure that they brush and floss at least twice every day. This is the first and most vital step when it comes to oral hygiene.
Please do schedule a consultation with our highly trained team of dental experts, and we'll guide you further. Please call us at (480) 739-2993 or reach us through online consultation.