Tips for Providing Oral First-Aid for a Child

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There is an old adage that says children are made out of rubber and they often easily bounce back from an accident or injury that would lay low a grown adult. Unfortunately, in the course of their roughhousing and bouncing around, children do occasionally suffer significant injuries.

Some injuries that children commonly experience come in the form of an accidental blow to the mouth that harms teeth or soft tissues, such as the lips, cheek, and gums. In a situation like this, you will likely need to apply some quality first-aid that can help manage the pain. It is also important that you assess the need for emergency treatment from a dentist like Dr. R. Bruce Howell.

The emotional state and age of your child can be a significant factor of the treatment they may need. Even if your child’s mouth is bleeding excessively, and if your child is distressed, you should project a calm and confident attitude.

A gentle rinse with lukewarm salt water can help clear away blood and unwanted debris from your child’s mouth while also helping you to assess the severity of the oral trauma. In some cases, it might also help to soothe the wounded soft tissues. You can gently wipe away any facial blood with a wet, warm washcloth.

Any swelling issues can be addressed and minimized by applying a cold compress or a bag of frozen vegetables to the area. Pain management can also be addressed by rubbing a small amount of topical oral analgesic on the area.

If you are in the Orem, Utah, area, and if your child has just suffered a significant oral trauma, you should call 801-802-7200 to seek emergency treatment at Orem Pediatric Dentistry.