Beyond consistent preventative care, dental sealants are the next best way to prevent tooth decay. The sealants create a physical barrier between the tooth and the outside world, which is full of bacteria and acids that can cause damage. If we recommend dental sealants for your child, we will check with your insurance company to see if they are covered—in many cases, they are. Your child’s first set of teeth serves several important purposes. We want to make sure they do not come out until the adult teeth are ready to take their place.
Common Childhood Dental Emergencies
As parents, we know kids are great at getting hurt. Sometimes it can be difficult to know what counts as an emergency, and what can wait to be seen. The most common pediatric dental emergencies we see include:
- Knocked out teeth: Call our office right away if your child has a tooth knocked out. If possible, place the tooth in milk and bring it with you. If we can act quickly enough, we can put it back in place. While a pulpotomy will be required, the tooth will reattach to the bone if it is replaced in time.
- Broken tooth: between playground accidents, rough housing with siblings, and other common incidents, broken teeth are common. Call our office right away, and if you see any cuts or abrasions, rinse them with clean water.
- Complaints of tooth pain: if your child is complaining of tooth pain, but you do not see any obvious cause, call us to schedule an exam. Tooth pain in kids can be as simple as an adult tooth applying pressure on a baby tooth, or it can be a sign of a cavity or abscess.