Get in Touch with Dentists Open on Sunday

Can’t get to the dentist during the week? Does your child have a dental emergency? Finding dentists open on Sundays can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Sometimes it’s necessary to make a dentist appointment outside of the traditional workday hours. That’s why at Kool Smiles we make it possible to get the dental care you need on weekends.

We understand not all dental needs can be addressed during the week. What if your child gets their tooth knocked out? What if they have a severe toothache? Don’t wait until Monday to see a dentist.

When you need to schedule a dentist appointment, Kool Smiles is ready to help. We are available seven days a week, including Sundays, to assist you with your dental needs, so give us a call today at 254-781-0553.

Dental Emergencies: Finding Dentists Open on Sunday

You can’t control when accidents happen, but you can control what you do and where you go when they do happen. Many parents assume that if their child has a dental emergency, they should go straight to the emergency room. We’re here to tell you, that may not be the best idea.

If your child is in need of emergency dental care (treatments, procedures, etc.), you should know that most ERs don’t have the equipment or the staff needed to provide the right care. If your child has a true medical emergency, you should call 911 or take them to the hospital.

 

If your child is experiencing any of the following, then a dentist should take care of the issue:

  • Cracked tooth
  • Severe or painful toothache, which could be a sign of a more serious problem
  • Bleeding gums not from flossing
  • Objects stuck in between teeth that cannot be removed with floss
  • Knocked-out tooth, which requires immediate attention

How to Treat a Knocked-Out Tooth

With more than five million teeth knocked out every year, it’s important to know what to do if your child’s tooth has been accidentally dislodged. Assuming it’s an adult tooth, here’s what you should do:

  • Pick it up by the crown, not the root, and stick the tooth back in its place, if possible. You can use gauze, tea bag or a clean cloth to keep it there.
  • If the tooth is dirty, you can rinse it off, but again, do not touch the root.
  • If unable to put the tooth back in place, stick it in a glass or container of milk to keep it moist.
  • Rinse out the mouth, if necessary, and head to the dentist immediately. To save the tooth, you have to get treatment right away.

“There’s a short window of opportunity in which the remaining living tissue on the root surface can be kept alive. Milk has a neutral pH balance and is fortified with vitamins to make it an excellent fluid to help preserve teeth,” explains Joseph Orrico, DDS, president-elect of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID).

If this happens to your child, even on a Sunday, call Kool Smiles at 254-781-0553 to find a dental office near you and to get a dentist to take care of the knocked-out tooth as soon as possible.

Treating Toothaches at Home

Your child may need to find a dentist open on Sunday if they experience a severe toothache. However, if it has just begun or if you are unable to see a dentist right away, here are some tips to relieving toothache pain:

  • Use ice or a cold cloth to press against that side of the mouth. This should minimize any soreness and swelling.
  • Make black or green tea, let the bag cool slightly (until it’s warm) and have your child place that bag against the sore tooth.
  • Give your child warm salt water to swish around their mouth. Do this multiple times, if needed.
  • Put clove oil on a cotton ball, soaking it slightly, and then place that on the tooth. This should help alleviate some of the pain.

Understand that if your child has a toothache, it is usually a sign of a more serious problem. Even though these at-home remedies may relieve the pain of a toothache temporarily, you should still schedule an appointment to see a dentist, so they can treat the cause of the toothache.

Here are some reasons why toothaches happen:

  • Infection
  • Trauma
  • Gum disease (gingivitis)
  • Grinding teeth
  • Tooth eruption

Statistics show that it’s not uncommon for children to have cavities in their teeth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 42% of children ages 2 to 11 have had cavities in their baby teeth. Twenty-one percent of children ages 6 to 11 have had them in their permanent teeth. You want to make sure you’re treating these cavities, before they develop into something worse.

Call Kool Smiles at 254-781-0553 to find out why your child is experiencing a toothache, and what follow-up treatment should be done to treat it for good.

Quality Dental Care Every Day of the Week at Kool Smiles

At Kool Smiles, we focus on providing quality care every day including weekends. Our dentists provide general services, such as cleanings, fillings and routine exams, and many of our offices offer advanced orthodontic services such as root canals, bridges, wisdom teeth removal, crowns and braces.

Best of all, we make sure that children feel comfortable. Our kid-friendly dentists have experience working with children and know the importance of caring for baby teeth, toddler teeth and permanent teeth.

Unsure when you should first take your child to the dentist? It’s earlier than you might think. Within six months of your child’s first tooth, or by one year old, you should have an appointment scheduled with a dentist.

Girl with big toothbrush learn hoe to properly brush teeth on model of teeth

Kool Smiles Educates Your Kids on Dental Health

Not only do we make our offices appealing to kids by offering playrooms, but we make sure your kids are at ease during their appointment. When you and your children visit Kool Smiles, we make an effort to provide quality education about healthy dental habits. That way, your kids can take care of their teeth every day of the week, even when they’re not visiting the dentist.

From brushing their teeth and flossing to using fluoride and eating healthy, our dentists can walk you and your children through the best day-to-day habits. Here are some tips that can help you and your kids take care of their teeth:

  • Brush your baby’s gums, even if they don’t have teeth yet.
  • Start cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they come in using a soft-bristle brush.
  • Incorporate fluoride (which is found in water, toothpaste and certain foods) so your child can prevent plaque from building up. Ask your dentist how much to use.
  • Teach your kids to brush their teeth at least twice a day.
  • Try to limit the amount of sugar-filled foods and drinks your child consumes.
  • Make sure your child is seeing the dentist regularly. That means every six months starting no later than age 1.
  • Floss your kid’s teeth, and when they reach school-age, teach them how to do it themselves.

These steps can help make sure your children don’t suffer from cavities or other dental problems. Cavities are caused by tooth decay, which is a very common health problem for kids, and these healthy habits can help your kids avoid them while also keeping their mouths healthy and protected.

Convenient, Affordable Dental Care with Kool Smiles

At Kool Smiles, it is our mission is to provide quality dental care to all families, no matter their financial circumstances. To do that, we have convenient, extended hours, with dentists available on Sunday, and affordable prices at our 120+ locations nationwide. Every day of the week, you can reach a Kool Smiles representative by calling 254-781-0553.

Every Kool Smiles location accepts most major insurance plans, as well as military insurance plans, private dental insurance plans and Medicaid. We never limit the number of Medicaid patient we accept, so Medicaid patients are always welcome at Kool Smiles. We also accept State Children’s Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP), TRICARE, as well as cash, credit card, debit card and CareCredit. Don’t let the high costs of dental services stop you from getting the care your child needs, especially if there’s a dental emergency.

Need to speak to a dentist open on Sunday? Find a Kool Smiles location close to you, or call us today at 254-781-0553.

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Sources:

American Association of Endodontists: aae.org/patients/dental-symptoms/knocked-out-teeth/

American Academy of Implant Dentistry: aaid.com/news_and_publications/55

Healthline: healthline.com/health/clove-oil-toothache#how-to-use

Fox News Health:

foxnews.com/health/2015/02/08/7-mistakes-parents-make-with-their-kids-teeth.html

Health Finder: healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/parenting/doctor-visits/take-care-of-your-childs-teeth#take-action_1

USA Today:

usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/03/02/cavities-children-teeth/5561911/

Healthcare.gov: healthcare.gov/medicaid-chip/getting-medicaid-chip/

CareCredit: carecredit.com/dentistry/