- The tissue in the lower jaw, tongue, teeth and lip will be numb after local anesthesia and children may inadvertently chew, scratch or play with the area.
- Watch your child to make sure they do not cause minor or serious damage to the area until the anesthesia wears off, typically two hours after the appointment.
Trauma to Teeth
- Make sure to keep the traumatized area clean by using a soft washcloth or gauze.
- Keep an eye on any changes in teeth color or gum issues as they may be signs of more serious problems
- Maintain a soft and moderate diet for a few days after trauma, avoiding extremely hot or cold foods
- If a local anesthesia was administered, make sure your child does not scratch, chew or play with the affected area before the anesthesia wears off.
- Do not rinse the mouth for several hours, spit excessively, drink soda or through a straw or touch the affected area with the tongue or fingers.
- Gauze or tea bags may be used if bleeding persists. Bite gently on these to apply direct pressure to the area to inhibit blood flow.
- Your child may drink liquids and eat soft foods before incorporating other foods when he/she is ready.
Children’s Tylenol, Advil and Motrin are all suitable for pain relief if necessary.
- Sealants are an effective way to prevent tooth decay and cavities.
- Incorporate many helpful dental practices like brushing and flossing to maintain healthy teeth.
- If there has been insufficient oral care by the patient, a routine cleaning may produce some bleeding and swelling at the gums around the teeth.
- Rinse the mouth with warm salt water for a few days after the checkup to combat these problems.