Dental Emergencies

Children's Dentist in Stuart, FL


At Children's Dentistry of Stuart, we believe that the process of developing a healthy, beautiful smile should be fun! That's why our dentists and highly trained team of pediatric dental specialists work hard to make every visit to our office an enjoyable experience, drawing from years of experience working with children of all ages to achieve gorgeous smiles. At our practice, we place a strong focus on preventive care because we feel that the best way to create a healthy smile is to be proactive – but sometimes, dental emergencies can happen. If you experience one, the most important things is to be prepared.

Handling Common Dental Issues

Usually, dental emergencies are mild, and with a little care, you can usually treat them easily at home. Sometimes, however, serious dental emergencies can occur that require immediate medical attention. It's important to know how to tell the difference between the two, and whether you're dealing with a minor toothache or a more serious injury, the best way to safeguard your teeth is to be prepared on what to do in each emergency.


This is a common experience for both kids and adults, and while it's normally harmless, there are cases where it warrants attention. The first step in treating a toothache is to meticulously clean the tooth and the area around it. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water, swishing it around to free up any food stuck between teeth. Avoid using aspirin directly on the tooth or the gum, as this can damage your mouth. If the area is swollen, you can use a cold compress to bring the swelling down, and an over the counter painkiller like acetaminophen can help with temporary pain. If the toothache lasts for more than one day, however, it's time to give us a call so we can look at it.

Cut or Bite on the Tongue, Lip, or Cheek

Whether from playing sports or just chewing food, it's exceedingly common for kids to accidentally bite the soft tissues in their mouth and leave a small cut. Treat any bruises with ice, and if there's bleeding, you can apply gentle, but firm, pressure on the area with sterile gauze for 15 minutes or so. If the bleeding continues after 15 minutes of pressure, it's time to head to the emergency room.

Broken Tooth

This is a more serious condition and requires more careful and immediate attention. First, pick up any tooth fragments you can find and hang onto them, placing them in a cup or bag filled with water or milk. Rinse the mouth with warm water, then place a cold compress on the face over the site of the injury. If we're open, call us and head straight to our office, but if it's outside office hours, just go to the emergency room.

Permanent Tooth Knocked Out

Like the last one, this is a more serious issue that needs immediate attention. First, find the missing tooth and, picking it up by the crown (top) instead of the root, rinse it lightly in running water. If you can, try reinserting the tooth in the socket and holding it in with clean gauze or cloth. If you can't insert it, just keep the tooth in a cup of milk or water. It's critical that you receive medical attention as quickly as possible, so head straight to our Stuart, FL pediatric dentist's office if we're open. If we're not, it's time for the emergency room.

Potential Broken Jaw

This is the most serious injury on this list, and it requires urgent medical care. If you have a jaw injury that you suspect might have broken or damaged the jaw, immediately tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie, shirt, or handkerchief. With the cloth secured by not too tight, head to the emergency room immediately for treatment.

Bleeding After Losing a Baby Tooth

This is normal and usually isn't anything to worry about. If the bleeding is annoying, just apply pressure to the bleeding area using a clean piece of gauze for about 15 minutes. This should stop the bleeding easily, but if it continues to bleed for more than 15 minutes, head either to our office or the emergency room.

Canker Sores

Canker sores are very common and nothing to worry about – they're caused by a bacterial infection, they don't leave any lasting damage, and they're not contagious. There are over the counter medicines that can help shorten the duration of a canker sore, and swishing warm salt water around your mouth can help the sore heal. If the sores become a problem, let us know and we can take a look.

Contact Your Stuart, FL Pediatric Dentist

Dental emergencies, while rare, should be taken seriously. While most dental "emergencies" are really minor problems that can be solved at home, occasionally a serious dental emergency will occur – and hopefully this page gave you some insight into how to spot a dental emergency and what to do if one happens. If you'd like more tips or information on dental health or want to bring your child in for an appointment at our Stuart office, just call us at 772-283-1230 or request your next appointment online. We hope that if a dental emergency does occur, you'll know exactly what to do!