What to do for dental injuries in children.

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Having a dental problem can be traumatic for both the child and the parent; however, getting it treated at the right time can help avoid serious complications. 

Dental problems in children are usually due to accidents or sports injuries. As a parent, you should know how to treat tooth trauma so you can take quick steps to help make your child feel at ease before you take them to the dentist.

What to do if your child’s tooth is injured:  

  1. If the tooth is bleeding, gently apply pressure with wet gauze to stop the bleeding. 
  2. If there is swelling, give your child an ice cream to eat. If your child is refusing to eat, apply an icepack on the cheek.  
  3. If the tooth is cracked, collect all the pieces of the tooth and keep them in a safe place. 
  4. Contact your dentist for further assistance. 

What to do if your child’s tooth is knocked out: 

If your child has knocked out teeth, it can result in swelling and bleeding. It is recommended that you offer your child water or an ice pop to reduce the swelling. Usually, baby teeth aren’t treated when they get knocked out. However, make sure you visit a dentist for a regular checkup.

What to do if your child’s tooth is lost: 

Usually, when your child loses their primary or baby tooth, take them to the dentist and make sure you follow their advice. Most dentists recommend waiting until the new tooth comes naturally. Replacing the lost tooth is not advisable as it may impact the child’s growth of primary teeth. 

Dangers & Concerns: 

Every dental problem listed above comes with its own risks, and sometimes, it can lead to serious dental complications in the future. Don’t try to treat child dental problems at home. A visit to the dentist is a must. 

When should you call your child’s dentist?

It’s important to consult a dentist when – 

  • The tooth is injured or knocked out and is bleeding.  
  • Signs of infection after a tooth injury like pain and fever.
  • You have lingering questions about your child’s tooth injury.  

Preventing tooth injuries: 

Avoiding tooth injuries is possible. Follow these tips:  

  • Mouth guards can help avoid tooth injuries while playing any sport.
  • Childproof your house to avoid falls.
  • Train your child to avoid running or chewing hard objects.

Make sure your child brushes their teeth regularly to avoid toothaches in future. Also, do not miss out on regular dental visits. And if your child is going through any dental problems, contact your dentist immediately.

Written by Dr. Anu Isaac, DMD.

Dr. Anu Isaac, DMD, runs a successful dental practice in Salem, MA. Dr. Isaac strives for quality on a daily basis and this commitment to quality is reflected in her constant pursuit of advanced training. Her firm belief that even experts need to stay updated about what’s new in the dental field, enables her to provide every patient with optimal oral care. As the founder of Coral Dental Care, she is dedicated to creating healthy, beautiful smiles for her patients and also to educating dental and non-dental communities with her engaging.


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