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Keep Calm and Carry OnIf your child has experienced dental trauma, please read carefully.


 Step 1.

For any dental emergency, from a toothache, to an accident, it is important that you remain calm so that you can think clearly. Make sure your child is responsive, able to communicate, answer questions, and has not lost consciousness. If you suspect that your child requires MEDICAL attention, please contact the following emergency services as appropriate.

Central Carolina Hospital
(919) 774-2100
1135 Carthage Street
Sanford, NC 27330
Cape Fear Valley Hospital
(910) 609-4000
1638 Owen Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304
First Health Moore Regional Hospital
(910) 715-1000
155 Memorial Drive
Pinehurst, NC 28374

Step 2.

Does your child have one of the following conditions?

– Follow these directions

– THEN call us at (910) 947-KIDD. For after hours emergencies, please call (910) 644-3051.

Toothache: Clean the area of the affected tooth. Rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge any food that may be impacted. If the pain still exists, contact your child’s dentist. Do not place aspirin or heat on the gum or on the aching tooth. If the face is swollen, apply cold compresses and contact your dentist immediately.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek: Apply ice to injured areas to help control swelling. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth. If bleeding cannot be controlled by simple pressure, call a doctor or visit the hospital emergency room.

Step 3.

If your child has one of the following conditions

– Follow these directions to stabilize your child

– THEN call us at (910) 947-KIDD

– Prepare the pictures shown in the guide below (click to enlarge). The on-call pediatric dentist will need these pictures to determine the extent of the injury.
Cameron NC Dental Emergencies Guide

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth: If possible, find the tooth. Handle it by the crown, not by the root. You may rinse the tooth with water only. DO NOT clean with soap, scrub or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is sound, try to reinsert it in the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a gauze. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s saliva or milk. If the patient is old enough, the tooth may also be carried in the patient’s mouth (beside the cheek). The patient must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.

Knocked Out Baby Tooth: Contact your pediatric dentist during business hours. This is not usually an emergency, and in most cases, no treatment is necessary.

Chipped or Fractured Permanent Tooth: Contact your pediatric dentist immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If possible, locate and save any broken tooth fragments and bring them with you to the dentist.

Chipped or Fractured Baby Tooth: Contact your pediatric dentist.

Severe Blow to the Head: Take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately.

Possible Broken or Fractured Jaw: Keep the jaw from moving and take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.