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Are you prepared if your child has a dental emergency?
February is National Children's Dental Health Month

(February 19, 2010) Thousands of dental emergencies--from injuries to a painful, abscessed tooth--take place every day. Would you know what to do if your child broke a tooth or had a tooth knocked out while playing outdoors? What if you had a bad toothache in the middle of the night and couldn't get to the dentist until the next day? According to Dental Clinics North, knowing what to do can lessen the pain and save a tooth that might otherwise be lost.

"Keep your dental office phone number and an emergency number where the dentist can be reached after hours with other emergency numbers," said Matthew Pawlick, DDS, Dentist at Dental Clinics North's Petoskey/Harbor Springs location. "Some families post these numbers on the refrigerator or inside a kitchen cabinet door near the phone." He said it is important to call your dentist immediately for instructions on how to handle a dental emergency.

The American Dental Association suggests the following actions for common children's dental problems:

Dental Clinics North offers general dentistry for the entire family. In partnership with local health departments, Dental Clinics North caters to patients with Medicaid, Delta Dental Healthy Kids, Northern Dental Plan and low-income/uninsured families. For more information or for an appointment in Mancelona, East Jordan, Petoskey/Harbor Springs, or Gaylord, call Dental Clinics North toll-free at 877-321-7070.