Can’t get to the dentist during normal business hours? Dealing with a dental emergency? Whether it’s a knocked-out tooth or a terrible toothache, at one time or another, your child will likely need dental care outside of typical business hours. Finding a dentist who’s open on Sundays can be challenging. Good news, though! There’s no need to wait until Monday. Kool Smiles Kids Club has partner dentists who are open on weekends.
Accidents happen. The only thing you can control in this type of distressing situation is how you respond to it. Knowledge is power! To ensure the best outcomes after a dental emergency, you’ll need to arm yourself with information.
First things first – when there’s an emergency, a parent’s first instinct is often to head straight to the emergency room. An emergency room is not necessarily the best place to go if your child has a dental emergency. If your child has an injury that requires some sort of specialized dental intervention, an emergency room may not be equipped to handle it.
If you can find a dentist who can squeeze you in, that’s a better option. When you call, be sure to explain the nature of the accident. If you can’t find a dentist who’s available or the injury seems to extend beyond the teeth, call 911 or immediately make your way to the nearest emergency room.
A dentist should address the following common dental injuries:
How should you handle a knocked-out tooth? Knocked-out teeth aren’t uncommon. In fact, more than five million teeth are knocked out every year. A knocked-out tooth demands professional advice, even if it’s a baby tooth. When a baby (or primary) tooth has been knocked out, a phone consultation may be sufficient. If an adult (or permanent) tooth gets knocked out, though, you’ll need to take your child for an in-person appointment.
Time is of the essence when you’re dealing with a knocked-out tooth. Here’s what you need to know:
Toothaches are difficult to ignore, and they often require urgent attention. If your child has a toothache as the worst possible time, in the middle of the night on a Sunday, for example, these tips for relieving toothache pain can help minimize discomfort until you can get them to a dentist:
Keep in mind that a toothache is usually a sign of a more serious problem. While home remedies can temporarily reduce discomfort, you’ll still need to schedule an appointment with a dentist so they can identify the cause of the ache and decide the best treatment.
A note on cavities:
Cavities aren’t uncommon in children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one in every five children has an untreated cavity. Catching cavities early is key.
Kool Smiles Kids Club has partner dentists who provide quality care to suit your schedule. Our partner dentists provide general services, such as cleaning, fillings, and routine exams. They also perform advanced and emergency orthodontic services, including root canals, bridges, wisdom tooth removal, crowns, and braces.
Best of all, our partner dentists go the extra mile to make children feel comfortable. Our kid-friendly partner dentists have plenty of experience treating children, and they know the ins-and-outs of caring for baby teeth, toddler teeth, and permanent teeth.
Preparing for your child’s first dentist appointment and not sure if it’s the right time? Schedule your child’s first routine exam within six months of their first tooth, or by the age of one (whichever comes first).
Our partner dentists understand that children require special care, and they make an effort to provide quality information on kid-friendly healthy habits. Teaching your child to care for their teeth leads to better oral health, of course, but it also boosts confidence.
When a little extra help is required, here’s what you can do to help your kids take care of their teeth:
Take these important steps to minimize your child’s risk of developing cavities and other dental issues. Cavities are caused by tooth decay, which is largely preventable with good oral hygiene habits.
At Kool Smiles Kids Club, it’s our mission to connect families with qualified dentists who can provide quality dental care, regardless of financial circumstances. Our partner dentists are open convenient, extended hours. Some of our partner dentists are even available on Sundays to provide exceptional care at affordable prices.
Our partner dentists accept most major insurance plans, as well as military insurance plans, private dental insurance plans, and Medicaid. They also accept State Children’s Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP) and TRICARE, as well as cash, credit card, debit card, and CareCredit. At Kool Smiles Kids Club, we believe that the high costs of some dental services should never stop a child from getting the care they need.