If your child’s oral health requires immediate attention during our normal business hours, visit either of our office locations nearest you in Des Moines or Ankeny. If we are not open, please call our office number anytime to reach one of our dentists on call. They are always happy to offer advice and send you in the right direction to get your child treated quickly and safely.
What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency can easily be described as any abnormal oral condition that causes pain or concern. Most often, it takes the form of an injury to the teeth, gums, or jaw. In addition to injuries, an abscess, toothache, or infection can cause pain, swelling, or fever. If your child has any of these symptoms, please stop into our office or give us a call to speak with a dentist.
Additional symptoms that require a visit or phone call with your child’s dentist include:
- Knocked out tooth
- Cut lip or gums
- Fractured or chipped tooth
- Jaw injury
How to Prevent Dental Injuries
Most toothaches can be prevented with regular visits to the dental office and effective brushing. If your child participates in sports, most sports injuries can be prevented by wearing mouth guards. Ensure your child is wearing a helmet while riding his or her bike or rollerblading to avoid chipping or losing any teeth. Look for the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) or SNELL certification labels on all types of helmets to know your child is wearing safe, recreational head protection.
Securing your child in a car seat is another great preventative measure from mouth or tooth injury. You can also take steps to childproof your home by hiding loose electrical cords and covering or padding corners and sharp edges, like brick fireplace hearths and dangerous furniture. And last but not least, everyone should wear a seatbelt anytime they ride in a vehicle, especially children. These may seem like obvious safety precautions for your children, but following them could prevent an emergency visit to the dentist.
Please call us if your child is facing a dental emergency and you need to speak with one of our doctors!