All that rough-and-tumble play has landed your child with a chipped tooth. Now what?
If a milk tooth gets chipped or broken, remove the chip to prevent the child from choking on it. Apply clean gauze to control any bleeding and call the paediatric or family dentist. You can give acetaminophen to alleviate the pain, says Dr Ratna Sridjaja, a paediatrician from Gleneagles Hospital.
It’s a good idea to take your child to a dentist to make sure that the chipped tooth is not the result of it being weakened by dental cavities.
If a permanent tooth is chipped or broken, store the pieces in milk and immediately seek medical attention. The dentist may be able to fit the pieces back in place.
If the entire tooth has been knocked out, handle the tooth by its chewing end – not the root – and rinse it gently in cold running water or milk. “Place the tooth in clean water or milk and bring it along with your child to emergency care,” says Dr Ratna. “Stop the bleeding using gauze or a cotton ball in the tooth socket and have your child bite down,” she adds.
A version of this article first appeared in Simply Her.