During office hours, immediate attention will be given to your child’s situation, and your child will be seen as soon as possible. After office hours, please us a call and follow the instructions provided. Your call will be returned as soon as possible. If your child is experiencing a serious or life threatening emergency, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
Ice or a cold cloth can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure and continues after 5 minutes, call the office for advice.
Gently rinse the area with lukewarm water and place a cold compress on the face to reduce swelling. Call our office immediately for additional advice. We will want to know whether it’s a baby tooth or a permanent tooth and how much of the tooth is chipped. It is also important to be able to let us know if the tooth is displaced or not and if the dental pulp (pinkish/reddish nerve) is exposed. If the tooth is a permanent tooth, try to recover any broken tooth fragments and put them in cold milk.
Apthous ulcers (known as canker sours) are not contagious (not of bacterial or viral origin). Sores can last 10-14 days and can be very painful. Avoid acidic foods and beverages. If sores persist, contact us and we can discuss ways to alleviate the discomfort.
Cold Sores are caused by the herpes virus and are generally preceded by a primary herpes infection. A crusted sore will appear on the lip after a prodromal period in which the lip tingles and is sore for a few days. Because the virus stays dormant in the body, recurrent outbreaks can occur. Outbreaks can be precipitated by exposure to various foods and sunlight. The herpes virus is transmittable during active infection and kissing and sharing glasses or utensils should be avoided during that time.