Pearly Whites in Peril: Kids and Dental Emergencies
Parents don’t like to see their kids hurt. But as anyone who has ever had a bouncy baby, tumbling toddler, or active adolescent knows that accidents happen— including dental accidents.
So what do you do when your child has a toothache or knocks out a tooth? Here’s how to handle any dental emergency:
1. Prepare in advance.
It’s hard to plan for the unexpected, but you can equip yourself with knowledge. Know the basics:
• Your dentist’s 4-11 – Save your dentist’s number in your contacts. Know their hours and learn if they have an emergency line.
• The nearest emergency dentist – In case your primary provider isn’t available, find a nearby, in-network provider that is available during the off hours.
• Your coverage – Learn how emergency coverage works with your dental plan. If you have questions, contact us or sign onto the subscriber site.
2. Determine the severity.
Injuries such as a cut lip may not require urgent care. But a knocked out or displaced tooth needs to be addressed immediately, sometimes within a few hours.
When in doubt, don’t hesitate to take your child to the emergency dentist.
If prolonged, dental trauma can cause more harm and be more costly.
3. Schedule a follow-up.
Schedule a follow-up appointment with your primary in-network provider to make sure the injury heals properly and without infection.