Dental Trauma Among Our Children

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Dental Trauma Among Our Children


     Tooth injuries can be very upsetting to both the parent and the child.  It is estimated that 30% of all children experience some type of dental trauma during their childhood years.  Trauma is often due to a mishaps, sporting injuries, or vehicle accidents.

     Injuries to the mouth often include knocking out a tooth, breaking a tooth (teeth), pushing a tooth up into the gum or out of position, and loosening a tooth.

     The highest incidence of tooth trauma occurs when the toddler becomes mobile, but has not gained coordination - between the ages of 18 months to 4 years old.

      What should you do when your child has a tooth injury?

  First find out if your child lost consciousness – if so do not wait.  Take him or her immediately to the emergency room.  If your child did not lose consciousness apply a cold pack to the area to restrict any facial swelling (or give them a popsicle to suck on).  If there is bleeding, apply pressure to the area using a wet gauze.  It should stop bleeding soon.  If an adult tooth is knocked out either store it in milk and get to the dentist as soon as you can or push the tooth back into its socket yourself without touching the root.  If there is pain, children’s Tylenol or Advil will help.

  Fortunately children heal very fast and recover quickly.  Although parents don't want to rush to the dentist every time their child bumps their tooth, they also don't want to overlook an injury that may not be obvious.  We suggest you contact your dentist when any of the following occurs:

 ** There is pain or sensitivity to hot or cold in a tooth

**  If there is bleeding that does not stop in a reasonable period of time

**  If there is a broken, missing or loose tooth after the event

**  If there is significant swelling in or around the mouth

**  If there is an object stuck in the mouth or if there is contamination to any area of the mouth -       

     Do not remove the object yourself.

**  If there is a significant cut in or around the mouth

**  If the throat area is damaged in any way

**  If the child has a fever after the trauma

**  If there are any signs of infection

**  If unsure - be cautious and call the dentist.

 If your child plays sports, it is worthwhile getting them a mouth guard to prevent dental injuries.


Your Gentle Dentists,



Dr. Simmons

(661) 947-3163