As parents, we always try to take preventative measures to ensure the safety of our children (especially through the toddler years). But, even after extensive planning, safety breaches can happen in the most unlikely ways. When it comes to dental emergencies at home, we have you and your child covered. Here are some emergency scenarios to help you deal with urgent, dental circumstances as they arise.

Eating Toothpaste

Is your child eating toothpaste right off of the brush? Co-brushing will help with this problem. Use the right amount on the toothbrush, monitor brushing and try brushing your teeth at the same time as an example. Eating fluoride toothpaste can cause temporary irritation leading to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is unlikely for a child to have anything beyond short-term stomach upset, but if you are concerned, call the Poison Control number listed on the product.

Drinking Mouthwash

The good news is that your child should not be using mouthwash until age seven! But, things can happen. If any of your children swallow adult mouthwash, you will need to call Poison Control for further assistance and make sure they drink a lot of water afterward. Most children’s mouthwashes are tailored for safety if an accidental swallow occurs, but be sure to read the warning label before use.

Knocked a Tooth Out

Oh no! Your little angel climbed into your vintage, jumbo vase and fell over! One tooth is missing! If possible, find the tooth and replace it in the socket and hold it there until you can get medical attention. If you are unable to put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a container of milk and contact us as soon as possible. The faster you seek medical attention, the better chance you will have of saving the tooth.

Flossing Once a Week

This topic is more for the safety for your fingers. Instead of trying to floss with string, try floss picks. Let your child practice on a row of teeth and help them gradually learn the correct way to floss.

Remember…you got this! While establishing a dental routine for your child, make sure to talk to them about product safety and what can happen if they don’t follow the rules. If an emergency does occur, we are here to help you resolve your child’s dental issue!