Calling your emergency dentist for your little one is something that no parent ever wants to do, but sometimes it’s necessary. One way to make sure this process goes smoothly is to plan ahead. While a child dental emergency isn’t always preventable, there are some things you can do to minimize your stress in the situation. Continue reading below to learn what steps to take.
Obviously, this is much easier said than done. However, if you’re anxious, your child is going to pick up on that. Your nervousness will only escalate their stress. Take deep breaths. Even if you can’t remain perfectly calm and collected, it’s best to at least try and act like you are.
Comfort Your Child
This is especially important if they are in pain. Sometimes you may be able to distract them from the discomfort by holding or stroking them. Other times, calming words are what’s needed. Try out both and see what works better to temporarily take your little one’s mind off their pain.
Stay on the Phone
Patients will sometimes call about a kid’s dental emergency to just report it and then hang up. Don’t do this. Most of the time, the dentist’s staff will stay on the phone with you until you are absolutely sure that you know what to do. They can talk you through basic first aid and other steps you need to take until you can make it to the office. Be sure to remain on the line and ask any questions you could possibly think of pertaining to your child’s situation. They should be more than happy to answer.
Prevent Dental Emergencies
You can’t always keep emergencies from happening, but you can take preventive measure to minimize their chances of occurring. Some of these steps include making sure that your child:
- Brushes and flosses every day
- Wears a mouthguard during sports or any physical activity to prevent injury
- Avoid chewing on ice, pencils, or any hard foods that could cause a chip or crack in a tooth
- Sees their dentist every six months for a checkup to treat and prevent cavities that could result in a serious toothache
As a parent, nothing is worse than seeing your child in pain. However, learning to take charge in the situation can make sure everything goes without a hitch.
About the Author
Dr. Layne Benzley received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Iowa, and his pediatric specialty certificate from the Eastman Dental Center at the University of Rochester. If your child has a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to call Castle Rock Smiles at (303) 660-5373 or visit our website.