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When a child develops a toothache, it's important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Unlike a cold, tooth decay does not get better with time. You may give your child Tylenol or aspirin until they are seen by the dentist. A tooth that becomes abscessed will require an antibiotic as well as dental treatment.

Fractured Teeth

An injury resulting in a fracture to a tooth or teeth is a fairly common occurrence during childhood. In addition to the visible fracture of the tooth, the nerve may also be injured when a tooth is traumatized. Contact your dentist as soon as possible for evaluation.

Remember that mouth guards protect your child's smile and can be purchased at local sports stores, or you can get custom-fit mouth guards from your dentist.

Knocked Out Teeth (Avulsed Teeth)

When a child knocks out a permanent tooth, it is most important to seek treatment immediately in order to increase the success rate of the treatment. If possible, seek treatment in 30 minutes or less. Immediately find the tooth (holding it only by the crown) and rinse it under running water if it is dirty, never scrubbing or touching the root. Put the tooth back into the socket, or if you are unable to do that, place it in a glass of milk and get to your dentist immediately. If the accident is life-threatening, call 911 before doing anything else.