Children and Teeth Trauma
As parents there are many traumatic events that take place during childhood, some we are aware of because we were once children too, and others for which we are totally unprepared. That’s just life but when it comes to trauma of your child’s mouth and teeth there are a number of things you can do if a dental injury occurs as well as to prevent injuries.
At Oakville Dental Offices, we understand that regular checkups and exams, will help keep your children’s teeth looking and feeling their best. To help you in that effort, here’s some tips on what to do when a child falls or an event occurs that may cause trauma to your child’s teeth.
Babies and toddlers fall, and often on their face (fortunately we grow out of this), scratching or cutting lips and gums. To stop the swelling, bleeding if any, as well as to comfort your child, apply pressure to the area (if it's bleeding) with a piece of cold, wet gauze. If your child is old enough to follow directions, ask him or her to bite down on the gauze. Offer an ice pop to suck on to reduce swelling, or hold an ice-pack wrapped in a washcloth to the cheek. If the bleeding does not stop, go to a hospital emergency room right away.
Baby teeth begin to appear at about six months of age. By two-and-a-half to three years, all baby teeth should be present. For children ages three to six, a chipped or broken tooth is the most common injury. Call Oakville Dental Offices right away to schedule a visit. Depending on the severity, your dentist will want to take an x-ray to assess the extent of the injury. Treatments can range from no treatment is needed, the use of a white filling to fix the tooth, up to a baby root canal or remove the rest of the tooth depending on several circumstances.
The exchange of baby teeth for adult teeth begins at about age six and continues until about age 13. If your child prematurely loses a baby tooth, there’s no need to try to replace it. But if a permanent tooth is dislodged, it’s a dental emergency. If the tooth is completely knocked out, rinse it with water but DO NOT scrub it, and try to put it back into the opening. Be careful to hold the tooth by the crown (top), not the root, so you do not damage the ligaments. If you can get help within 10 minutes, there is a fair chance that the tooth will take root again.
Other common concerns include:
· Objects caught between teeth - Gently try to remove the object with dental floss. If you’re not successful, go to your dentist.
· Toothache or tooth pain is caused when the nerve root of a tooth is irritated. Tooth infection, decay (begins to go black), injury or loss of a tooth are the most common causes of dental pain. Call your dentist. Explain your symptoms and ask to be seen as soon as possible.
· Possible broken jaw, go to your dentist or a hospital emergency room immediately. On your way, apply ice to the jaw to help control the swelling.
Think prevention and ensure your child wear mouthguards and protective gear for contact sports and helmets while biking, skateboarding, and inline skating. Childproof your house to prevent falls.
If you have questions about your child’s oral health or to schedule an appointment contact Monastery Dental at 905‑827‑4991, or North Oak Dental Office at 905-815-0775 in Oakville today. We have extended hours so you can find a time that’s best for you and your family.