Common Problems


Use a cold compress to alleviate any swelling. Give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen for any pain. Finally, see a dentist as soon as possible.

Knocked out baby tooth

Rinse your child’s mouth with water and use pressure to stop any bleeding. Do not attempt to replace the tooth back into the socket as this may damage the developing permanent tooth. Finally, see a dentist as soon as possible.

Chipped tooth

Try to locate any pieces of the tooth. Have your child rinse their mouth with warm water, then use a cold compress to control any swelling and use pressure to help stop any bleeding of the soft tissues. Contact your dentist immediately.

Knocked out permanent tooth

Find the tooth. Hold it by the crown rather than the root and carefully rinse off any debris.

Carefully try to reinsert it into the socket. If this is not possible, place it in a glass of cold milk and take your child to the pediatric dentist immediately.

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Daily brushing and flossing helps to prevent the build-up of food particles, plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Food particles left in the mouth deteriorate and cause bad breath. Certain conditions like drainage from seasonal allergies and mouth breathing may contribute to bad breath. Brushing your child’s tongue and keeping them adequately hydrated may alleviate bad breath caused by these problems.

Canker Sores

Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are small sores inside the mouth that often recur. They have a white or gray base surrounded by a red border. These may often be difficult to see and cause discomfort, especially while eating and brushing. Canker sores are autoimmune and can be caused by trauma, stress and eating acidic foods. They are self-limiting and often go away within two weeks.

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