We all want our kids to survive their childhood with their teeth intact but as so many parents know, life sometimes gets in the way and they can sustain some sort of injury as a result of an accident at some point. We are left wondering what to do when your child experiences a mouth injury.
If your child experiences a mouth injury, it is always a good idea to get someone like a NYC orthodontist to cast their professional eye over the damage, however minimal, in order to ensure that the injury has not created an underlying problem that needs attention.
Your first response
You will obviously want to ensure that your child is alright immediately after they have suffered some sort of knock or injury and if they have come into contact with a sharp or heavy object as a result of their fall, your first response should be to assess what you consider is the extent of the injury.
Take a close look at your child’s face, mouth and gums so that you can decide if you need to get them seen by a physician or a dentist in order to clarify the extent of their injury.
If it seems that the injury is more extensive than a knocked-out tooth, you may want to pay a visit to the hospital to get them checked over. If the injury appears to be restricted to a missing or loose tooth, book an appointment with your dentist.
Baby or permanent tooth damage
Depending on the age of your child, they may end up losing either one or some of their baby or permanent teeth.
If it is a baby tooth that they have lost then you should not necessarily panic as losing one or more of your front baby teeth tends to led to temporary issues like a lisp, but an accident that results in loss of baby teeth is less likely to have a permanent effect on their normal development.
Things can be a bit more serious if your child has lost a permanent tooth and it is essential that you get an emergency appointment with your dentist and get seen immediately after they have suffered the injury.
If you can get your child straight to the dentist within an hour of the injury, there is even a fair chance that your dentist might be able to re-implant the tooth.
Waiting for an appointment
If you can’t get to the dentist straight away, try to keep the tooth in good condition as this will greatly improve the chances of a successful re-implantation.
Rinse the tooth lightly to clean off any debris like dirt but don’t scrub it too hard as this can damage the root cells. Then aim to keep the tooth moist by wrapping it in a clean cloth which has been soaked in milk or salt water.
If you follow these simple but essential procedures after your child suffers an injury to their mouth and teeth, there is hopefully a good chance that the situation will not turn out to be as bad as you first feared.
Guest Blog Post: Eve Morris is a surgical dental assistant who enjoys writing in her spare time. She combines her two loves, writing and dentistry, her articles having been published on a growing number of health related blogs.