Dr. Rubin recommends you follow these guidelines for mouth care after receiving dental services such as dental crowns, dental sealants, or trauma.
Mouth Care After Pediatric Dental Crown
Pediatric dental crowns are used to restore severely decayed teeth to functionality. After a dental crown is applied, recommended care includes:
- Follow the aftercare instructions for local anesthesia.
- Eat a soft diet for the first day, as the crown cement takes approximately 24 hours to fully harden.
- Brush and floss as normal. Be aware that some bleeding of the gums may occur due to gingival irritation from the procedure.
- Use age-appropriate over-the-counter pain medicine, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, to treat discomfort.
If the crown is placed on a baby tooth, it will naturally fall out when the permanent tooth erupts.
Care of Dental Sealants
Dental sealants form a thin covering over the biting surfaces of your child’s teeth which decreases the risk of decay. No local anesthesia is necessary to apply your child’s sealants.
Care of dental sealants include:
- Refrain from chewing hard candy, ice, and sticky foods which can dislodge or fracture the sealants.
- Continue good brushing, flossing, and nutritional habits, as the sealants do not cover the side surfaces or in between teeth.
- Schedule regular dental appointments during which the sealants will be checked to ensure that they remain in place.
Mouth Care After Trauma
If your child sustains a mouth injury and a tooth is knocked out (avulsion), contact our office immediately for an appointment. If the tooth is in place, following these tips will help ensure a positive dental outcome:
- Keep the affected area clean. Use a soft washcloth to cleanse around the traumatized area.
- Diligently check the tooth/teeth for discoloration. Darkening of a tooth can indicate a dying nerve which needs treatment as soon as possible.
- Use ice to minimize swelling. If swelling continues after 24 hours, contact our office.
- A soft diet is recommended for a day or two or until your child is comfortable eating a regular diet.
- If gum boils appear around the trauma site, contact our office, as this can be a sign of infection.
- Avoid extremely hot or cold foods and sweets until mouth discomfort subsides.
If you are unsure about the severity of a mouth injury, do not hesitate to call our office. Your child’s dental health is our top priority.
Care After Dental Sedation
Several types of sedation services are offered at Frisco Kids Dentistry. Aftercare may vary depending on the level of sedation.
Recommendations after dental sedation include:
- Monitor your child for the remainder of the day. Your child may be drowsy for a few hours after the procedure, so he/she may want to sleep. Be sure to position your child with head supported on his/her side or back.
- Limit activities, as your child may be a bit clumsy until the medication clears the body.
- Keep your child hydrated (clear liquids are best) and serve mild foods, as some children experience nausea from sedative medication.
- If your child develops a slight fever (which is not uncommon), use an age-appropriate over-the-counter fever reducer, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Oral Care After Dental Cleaning
In some cases, patients may experience some tenderness or discomfort after having a thorough teeth cleaning. This generally occurs due to tender or inflamed gums caused by insufficient oral hygiene.
If bleeding or swelling occurs:
- Rinse the mouth with warm salt water (1 teaspoon per cup of water) 2-3 times per day for a few days.
- Use age-appropriate over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, to alleviate discomfort.
If you are ready to choose a team of pediatric dental specialists that offer state-of-the-art treatment and highly personalized care, contact Frisco Kid’s Dentistry by Online Appointment Request or call 214 618 5200.