Sometimes an accident is unavoidable. However, equipped with the right information, you can minimise the impact of dental trauma by following these tips.


If a child develops a toothache, in the first instance, book an appointment with your dentist. If an infection is present this needs to be treated quickly so try to avoid delaying an appointment.

The steps outlined below can also be followed for temporary relief:

Broken Braces or Retainers

If you have braces and a broken wire causing pain or irritation, cover the loose end with wax, a small cotton ball, piece of gauze or chewing gum and get to the orthodontist as soon as possible.

If your child’s orthodontic retainer becomes broken or bent and does not fit properly, do not wear it again until it has been repaired or adjusted by your orthodontist.

Knocked Out Tooth

*do not replant a baby tooth – if unsure please consult your dental practitioner*

If a tooth is knocked out, remain calm and act quickly. The following steps should be taken:

  • Seek Immediate Dental Treatment – Time is Critical.

Points to remember:

  • Do not hold the tooth by the root surface
  • Do not scrape or rub the root surface
  • Do not let the tooth dry out
  • Do not put the tooth in ice
  • Avoid rinsing or storing the tooth in water for more than one or two seconds
  • Do not remove any tissue or gum fragments from the tooth

To help prevent against a broken or knocked out tooth always ensure your child is fitted with a custom made mouthguard when participating or training in contact sports.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

For any injuries that result in bleeding, apply pressure directly to the injured area with a clean cloth or gauze pack. This will help to control the bleeding. However, if bleeding does not stop within about 15 minutes, take your child to the emergency room or your dental surgery. If the injury is severe it may require stitches. To minimise swelling, you can apply ice or cold compresses to your child’s face at the site of the injury.

With any dental injury, always seek professional advice from a dentist, or if a dentist is not available, seek advice from a healthcare professional.