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How To Deal With Dental Emergencies

AT HINES LITTLE SMILES, WE CARE ABOUT EVERY aspect of your children’s oral health. Unfortunately, no matter how hard we try to keep our kids out of danger, sometimes life still decides to hand us emergencies. It’s a fact. So we just wanted to touch on dental emergencies for a minute…

Although it may seem like a minor thing to you, a dental injury to your child’s teeth or gums should not be ignored as it can be potentially serious—with risks of more permanent damage, OR more extensive (and expensive) repair down the road.

Here are some of our team’s thoughts about common emergencies:


Rinse with warm water and be sure nothing is lodged. Apply an ice pack if needed to reduce the swelling, and call us as soon as possible. We probably need to take a look.

Chipped & Broken Tooth?

Although it may sound sorta gross, save the pieces of the tooth if you can. Apply gauze pressure if you’re bleeding. See us as soon as you can.

A Knocked Out Tooth?

“Time is of the essence” in trying to save a tooth. (watch the video below)

Hey, be careful out there! And wear a mouthguard to help prevent an injury! Here at Hines Little Smiles want to help your children keep ALL of their teeth—FOR LIFE!

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Thanks again, for being our valued patients and friends.


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