What to Do for a Toddler With a Chipped Tooth

Your toddler chipped a tooth and now you are wondering what you should do. Chipped teeth are common among toddlers and are usually easy to repair at your local dentist office.

Read on for more tips on how to handle your toddler’s chipped tooth to ensure a fast recovery. 

4 Ways to Treat Chipped Teeth Accidents

The majority of chipped teeth are considered minor injuries and do not result in severe tooth pain. However, depending on how your toddler chipped his or her tooth (i.e. falling), he or she might have some other bumps and bruises causing them to hurt.

If the tooth has broken to the pulp (the soft tissue within the tooth), then you may need to take your child to an emergency dentist. 

The following tips can help ensure your child gets proper care:

  • Take care of bleeding and swelling—Look inside your child’s mouth and at the tooth in question. Depending on how the chip occurred, you may or may not see bleeding inside the mouth. If there is any bleeding around the injury, rinse your child’s mouth with cold water and place a damp piece of gauze on the area. Have your child keep it in place by holding it or biting down.
  • Remove pieces of tooth that are left in the mouth—When a tooth is chipped, it can leave jagged edges that cut the mouth. Find and remove any tooth fragments still inside the mouth. Once your child’s mouth has been cleaned and dressed, place an ice pack on their cheek to help reduce swelling.
  • Save broken pieces of toothIf you are able to find pieces of broken tooth, you should immediately place them in either a cup of milk or saliva. Preserving the tooth can help your dentist reattach the fragments later on because it helps to maintain the correct fluid balance.
  • Take your child to the dentistIf your child chips a tooth, you should bring him or her to the dentist as soon as possible. As a licensed professional, your dentist can officially determine the best course of treatment.

Get Dental Treatment at Kool Smiles Today

Kool Smiles is a network of dental practices throughout the United States that focuses on the treatment of children. We accept most insurance providers, including Medicaid, TRICARE, and SCHIP.

Our offices have play areas and observation areas to help children and parents feel comfortable and at ease.

Find a Kool Smiles near you or call us today to make an appointment. 

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Sources:

Colgate: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/dental-emergencies-and-sports-safety/article/fractured-and-broken-teeth

AAE: http://www.aae.org/patients/symptoms/knocked-out-teeth.aspx