Your “I Don’t Know What To Do!” Moments

There are oh so many, “I have no idea what to do!” moments that come about when you have a child. Sometimes, you can wing it! Other times, such as with dental emergencies and otherwise, you may find yourself in a bit of a panic. You want to make wonderful choices for everything from dental hygiene to sudden concerns that present themselves but since you’re not a dental professional, figuring out the best course of action on the fly isn’t always something that’s very easy to accomplish. For issues pertaining to urgent care needs for smiles, remember we offer emergency dental care! For now, of course, we would love to address some worries that come up quite frequently, so you can easily avoid common issues (or handle them should they arise).

Your Child Throws Up

Dealing with a child with a stomach bug, a child who has just gotten off of a dizzying carnival ride, or something similar can be quite distressing. It becomes even more distressing when you’re not sure how to handle the dental hygiene side of the issue. Do you try to gently convince your child to brush right away? How to protect teeth exposed to these acids when your little one isn’t feeling well? The best and easiest step to take is to have your child rinse with and then drink water, which will rinse acids from teeth and help ensure your little one remains hydrated. Of course, scheduling a visit with your pediatrician is also wise if this was not an isolated incident but instead you think your son or daughter is sick.

Your Child Ate Toothpaste

Did your child eat a small blob of toothpaste equivalent to what one might use for a single dental hygiene session? If so, all is going to be just fine. However, if you head into the bathroom only to discover your child had an extraordinary time consuming a very large portion (more than one serving) of toothpaste, then it’s time to act quickly. Don’t panic! Instead, contact your doctor if you have a direct method of contact or head to the ER. Consuming a lot of fluoride can cause gastrointestinal distress, so this needs immediate attention. (Note: This does not mean you should avoid fluoridated toothpaste. Instead, we simply suggest that you should keep it out of reach until the kiddos are old enough to know that eating it is never ever an okay decision).

We Are Happy To Answer Your Children’s Dental Care Questions

Bring your questions to us, whether they’re hypotheticals or things that are going on at the moment, so we can help you feel wonderful about smile care. Schedule a visit with your Dallas, TX children’s dentist, Dr. Marr at Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda by calling 214-321-4880. We proudly welcome patients from Dallas, TX, and all surrounding communities, including Casa Linda, Lakewood, Lake Highlands, Forest Hills, East Dallas, Mesquite, Garland, Richardson, and more.

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