Wounded or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek

Place some ice on the injury. Put pressure on the wound if it is bleeding using a clean gauze or cloth. If it continues to bleed after fifteen minutes or it doesn’t stop by placing pressure on it, you should take your child to the emergency room.


Make sure the area around the painful tooth is clean. Have your child use warm salt water to rinse their mouth and get rid of any food lodged between the teeth with floss. If your child’s face swells or if the pain persists, you should visit our office right away.

Loss of Permanent Tooth by Accident

Try to keep your child calm, then find the tooth and hold it by it’s crown, instead of the root portion. Rinse the tooth off but handle it with care. Inspect the tooth for cracks, if you don’t find any, carefully try to reinsert it back into it’s socket. Your child should keep the tooth in its socket by biting on a gauze. If you’re not able to re-insert the tooth, put it in a cup of milk. If you don’t have any milk, put it in a cup of your child’s own saliva. You should not put the tooth in water. Be sure to contact the dental office immediately.

Cracked or Broken Tooth

Your child should rinse any debris from the tooth with warm water. Place a cold compress on your child’s face where the injury is. Find and place any broken tooth pieces in milk. If your child is experiencing intense pain, call us immediately.

Protect Your Child’s Teeth with a Mouthguard

It’s recommended that kids wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports. You can buy a store bought mouthguard or have your child’s dentist make one for them.

Learn more about how CDH can help care for your child’s oral health.