If your child has been injured or is experiencing discomfort, call our office at 410-569-6700. After-hours calls will be referred to an emergency number. For serious situations that require immediate assistance, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.


  1. Cleanse the area around the sore tooth.
  2. Rinse vigorously with warm, salt water or use dental floss to dislodge trapped food.
  3. Apply a soothing compress.
  4. Administer an age-appropriate dose of Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for pain.
  5. Call Growing Smiles at 410-569-6700 (Bel Air) or 410-697-9000 (White Marsh) to make an appointment to have your child’s mouth examined.

“Knocked Out” Tooth

If a permanent tooth has been “knocked out,”  immediate emergency treatment is the best option for saving the tooth!

  1. Handle the tooth by the top (crown) only. Do not touch the root.
  2. Rinse the tooth but do not clean or handle it.
  3. Try to re-insert the tooth into its socket. If you are successful, have your child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean cloth or gauze. Call Growing Smiles at 410-569-6700.
  4. If the tooth cannot be re-inserted, place it in milk, and bring your child to our office for immediate emergency treatment.

If a primary tooth or “baby tooth” has been “knocked out”

  1. Control any bleeding by folding and packing clean gauze over the area.
  2. Have your child bite down with some pressure for about 15 minutes.
  3. Call Growing Smiles at 410-569-6700 for further instruction.

Broken Tooth

  1. Rinse dirt from the injured area with warm water.
  2. Place a cold compress over the face where the injury occurred.
  3. Collect and save all broken tooth fragments, and contact Growing Smiles for immediate emergency treatment.