What Is a Pediatric Dental Emergency?

Most people will experience at least one dental emergency throughout their lives. While these events can be scary, we usually know how to handle them and are able to remain calm until we see a dentist. 

But things are completely different when a child experiences a dental emergency. Seeing your kid in pain or bleeding can be terrifying, to say the least. However, in crucial times like these, it's important to keep your calm and know what to do. For that to happen, you first need to know how to identify a pediatric dental emergency

How to Identify a Pediatric Dental Emergency?

Pediatric dental emergencies come in various degrees. Kids fall, bump into things, and can get injured while playing. Sometimes, instead of their knees or hands, they hurt their teeth. While some incidents are minor and don't pose any threat to their oral health, others may require an emergency visit to their dentist. 

Some of the most common pediatric dental emergencies include: 

Knocked-out Teeth

If this happens to your child, the first thing you need to do is control the bleeding. Do not try to put the tooth back. Rinse the mouth with water and apply ice to reduce swelling. Make an appointment with your Bakersfield children's dentist right away and follow their instructions. 

Loose Tooth 

Maybe the tooth wasn't knocked out but became loose. If that's the case, make an appointment with the dentist right away. The teeth will fall eventually, and it would be better if it would happen in a controlled setting.


Toothache can happen for different reasons, such as infections or trauma. If your child has a severe toothache, take them to their dentist right away for a proper evaluation. Untreated infections can spread and lead to sepsis. 

Broken Jaw

If you suspect your child has a broken jaw, you must take your child to emergency services right away. A broken jaw is usually swollen and bruised. The same could happen with the chin and lips. You might also notice the jaw is misshaped. 

Other pediatric dental emergencies include:

  • Injured lips, cheeks, or tongue
  • Tooth pushed into jawbone
  • Tooth displacement 
  • Head injury 

Are You Having a Pediatric Dental Emergency? Call Us Right Away! 

If your child has a dental emergency or you have any questions related to pediatric dental emergencies, you can always get in touch with the team at My Kids Happy Teeth. 

We will guide you and tell you what to do until one of our dentists can see your child. We also understand that your child is in a lot of stress and pain right now, and we'll try everything we can to comfort and help them feel safe. 

Call us at (661) 322-9242 if you're experiencing a dental emergency. For other dental issues, you can book your appointment online by accessing the link here

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