Steps to Prevent Common Dental Emergencies

childrens emergency dentistWhile some dental emergencies are not preventable, there are proactive steps a family can take to minimize their risk for developing issues that require immediate attention. Our practice helps children develop a solid foundation of good oral health to help prevent common problems like tooth decay, weak teeth, and gum disease. In the event of an accident or painful toothache, our children’s emergency dentist provides prompt and gentle treatment. Following is some helpful information on preventing common dental emergencies.

Keep Regular Dental Appointments

Keeping regular dental appointments for your child is essential to monitoring the health of the entire oral cavity as well as catching potential concerns or problems as soon as possible. Having bi-annual cleanings and checkups gives our children’s emergency dentist a chance to see if teeth are healthy and strong. Many times, with physical examinations and diagnostics like X-rays, we can see if teeth are vulnerable to decay or injury long before they show visible signs of weakness. When teeth appear to be at risk for damage, there are preventive treatments available to help strengthen them.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

In addition to visiting our practice frequently, establishing an oral hygiene routine at home is another way to prevent the development of issues that can lead to dental disease and injury. Brushing and flossing teeth regularly keeps harmful substances from weakening the enamel structure of teeth along with controlling harmful oral bacteria that weaken the oral health system. Good oral hygiene is paramount to preventing the development of tooth decay, which when left untreated, can cause painful toothaches. Cavities, especially deep ones, require professional treatment like restorations and endodontic therapy.

Wear Protective Oral Appliances When Necessary

If your child plays contact sports like football and wrestling or participates in activities like skateboarding, wearing appropriate protective gear such as mouth guards and chinstraps can help prevent traumatic injuries to the teeth, gums, and face. For instance, wearing a mouthguard can prevent teeth from becoming chipped or knocked out during sports.

If you have a dental emergency or if it is time for a checkup, call our practice today!

Relax and Take the Edge Off with IV Sedation

IV Sedation kids dentistSometimes, children benefit from receiving sedation during oral health procedures to promote a relaxing and worry-free experience. When receiving invasive or complex treatment from our kids dentist, IV sedation can ease the minds of fearful patients and help our younger guests stay calm and still during procedures so that our team can work without obstruction. Our team is dedicated to providing comprehensive pediatric dentistry services that help establish a foundation of good oral health and increase oral function when necessary.

What is IV Sedation?

Administered intravenously, this form of sedation dentistry involves the administration of prescription medication to improve the effectiveness of treatment and keep patients comfortable during procedures. The type of sedation used during treatment is determined by our kids dentist. IV sedation is typically reserved for lengthy, invasive, or complex procedures.

What are procedures that might involve IV sedation?

Common procedures where IV sedation might be used are tooth extractions, extensive restorations, and oral surgeries.

Is intravenous sedation safe?

IV sedation is used in pediatric dentistry for a number of reasons. When this type of sedation is used, our team follows very strict FDA guidelines and procedural protocols to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality care in the safest environment possible. The effects of IV sedation are quite predictable and can be changed quite easily by adjusting the dose as necessary during treatment. This means that patients will only receive the amount of medicine needed to ensure comfort. During treatment, children’s vitals will be monitored with high-tech equipment and in the event of an emergency, our staff knows how to respond with advanced life support techniques.

Should I ask our dentist about sedation?

If you feel that your child might benefit from sedation dentistry, feel free to bring it up at your next appointment. Children who will be undergoing oral surgery or those with pronounced dental phobias or special needs may benefit from sedation.

Call our office at Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry to schedule an appointment or ask questions.