Dentist in Lebanon
Thumbsucking is a natural reflex for infants as it provides a sense of emotional security and contentment. However, if the behavior becomes a habit for a child who’s permanent teeth are starting to erupt, it could possibly lead to an oral health issue. With continuous thumbsucking, it can affect your child’s teeth, the shape of the face and sometimes oral speech. If the behavior is not corrected, it can also lead to orthodontic treatment in the future.
To help your child break the habit, be sure to provide encouragement and positive reinforcement for avoiding the habit. Also, keep in mind that it is a choice for children to suck their thumb so understanding and correcting your child’s stresses can help eliminate the behavior.
If you are unsure about how to correct thumbsucking or would like to know more information, please give us a call to set up a consultation. We would be happy to provide you with more solutions for how to break the habit.
Pediatric Dental Emergencies
Accidents happen all the time and it is important to take care of the issue immediately. We are always here to assist you and your child so please call us immediately if an accident does occur. If an accident occurs during after hours, you can call our emergency number. Below, you will find tips for how to deal with common dental situations to help relieve any pain or discomfort your child may feel as you make your way to our office or hospital.
Bitten Lip or Tongue
If your child accidentally bites his/her lip or tongue, it can cause sharp pain and discomfort. If this happens, be sure to clean the affected area and apply a cold compress to help reduce swelling. Please give us a call so we can help you determine the seriousness of the bite.
Object Caught on Tooth
In many cases, your child will encounter objects stuck between their teeth which can cause discomfort. To help relieve the discomfort, gently remove the object by using dental floss. If the object can not be removed, be sure to contact our dental office so that we can help remove the object for you. Do not use a sharp tool to remove the object caught in your child’s teeth.
Broken Tooth or Tooth Loss
If your child breaks a tooth or if it gets knocked out during an accident, be sure to contact us immediately. If you are able to retrieve the lost tooth, be sure to hold it by the crown (not the root) and rinse it off thoroughly with warm water without scrubbing. Try and place the tooth back in its socket or in a container of milk and bring it with you when your child sees us. We will be able to determine how to restore or salvage the tooth. If acted quickly upon, we can salvage a permanent tooth. If your child looses any primary teeth, then those generally don’t get re-implanted. However, you will need to make sure your child sees us so that we can asses the area and remove any fractured tooth particles remaining.
If your child complains of a tooth ache, be sure to floss and rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm water and see if the pain goes away. Apply a warm washcloth on the outside of your child’s cheek if you notice any swelling. If you do notice that your child’s mouth or gums around the tooth is swollen, or if you notice a fever, then your child may have an affected tooth that needs immediate attention. Be sure to see us immediately if any of these symptoms occur.
Dental emergencies can often times be avoided. Ensuring that your house is child-proof will help to reduce the chances of accidents from occurring. Also, paying attention to the things your child chews on such as hard items or food, will help reduce the risks of damaging a tooth. Lastly, be sure to ask us about mouth guards for contact sports, and information on proper brushing and flossing to help your child protect his/her teeth.
If you or your child is experiencing any type of dental emergency, don’t wait. Immediately contact us or visit a nearby hospital. If left ignored, you are potentially putting you or your child at risk of further damage that may need more extensive care and treatment later on. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.