Tooth injuries can be very upsetting to a child and parent. It is estimated that about 30% of children’s dentist Springvale experience some type of dental trauma. Trauma is often due to a mishap or sporting injury or to a lesser extent, a vehicle accident.
Injuries to the mouth often include knocking out a tooth, breaking teeth, pushing a tooth up into the gum, forcing the tooth out of position or loosening a tooth. In some cases root damage or jawbone fractures can occur.
The highest incidence of tooth damage occurs when the toddler becomes mobile but has not gained coordination – typically between 18 to 40 months.
What Should You Do When Your Child Has a Tooth Injury?
Many parents wonder when they should seek help. Although they don’t want to rush to the dentist every time their child bumps a tooth, they also don’t want to overlook an injury that may not be obvious. Therefore, we suggest that you contact your Vick Handa when any of the following occurs:
- Whenever 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 any object stuck in the mouth or if there is contamination to any area of the mouth – do not remove the object.
- 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 your dentist