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When Life Brings The Unexpected

It’s Saturday afternoon, and you are enjoying a typical weekend at the fields with your young ones.  You smile, admiring your son as he proudly stands on the pitcher’s mound. The batter swings, and the ball flies to the center.  Unfortunately, rather than making the catch, the ball flies into your child’s face. Blood is pouring from his mouth. A permanent tooth is loose. What do you do? How do you handle these events over the weekend? Understanding how to quickly manage dental emergencies is important in protecting your child’s mouth and health.

Be Prepared

Playing sports is a great pastime for children; however, injuries may occur. Consider keeping a medical emergency bag in the car. Accidents to the face can seem scary. Having some supplies on hand may ease the pain and mess. Have a clean washcloth and plastic bag. High impact hits and falls can sometimes cause bleeding. Clean the wound as quickly as possible. A bottle of water and washcloth will help you see the cuts or damage. It will also wipe away the dirt and germs. If swelling occurs, grab an icepack from your cooler, wrap the wash cloth around the ice pack, and throw it in the plastic bag for easy use. The cold may help ease inflammation.

Seek Professional Help

While some injuries may not seem dangerous, it is best to seek professional help.  For issues with teeth, you may be able to see a dentist. Online you could search pediatric dentist jacksonville fl and locate an office with an after hours hotline. The dentist may offer to view a photo image of your child’s injury to determine the severity of the issue. If you suspect injury to the jaw has occurred or the tooth has fallen out, the emergency room would be able to provide services.  

Enjoying time with your kids is exciting. Sometimes life will throw a curveball. Being prepared will help ease the stress for you and your child.