Childhood Tooth Injuries Are Preventable!

Minimizing the risk of childhood tooth injuries starts with knowing the most common causes of those injuries. Did you know that babies and toddlers are most likely to injure themselves by slipping in the bathtub? Non-slip mats are a great precaution! Projectiles like balls and frisbees can easily cause injuries, so make sure to discuss safety and not aiming at anyone’s head when throwing. Hard playground equipment can also be a hazard so take extra care and do not rush for extra caution.

Make a Plan in Case of Accidents

Sometimes accidents happen even when we are being careful, and having an emergency plan is a great way to prepare. Step one of any plan is not to panic. Make a calm assessment of the situation. If an adult tooth is knocked out, try to put it back in the socket. If that is not possible, store it in cold milk, but either way, go straight to the general or pediatric dentist. That will give your dental team the best chance of replanting - and hopefully saving - the tooth. Make sure not to touch the root, and do not try to clean it or store it in ice.

Maintain Healthy Habits

Healthy teeth are harder to injure, which is one more reason to make good daily oral hygiene habits a big priority. That means daily flossing and brushing twice per day!

The Dentist Is Your Best Resource

We want to make sure our patients, the parents of our youngest patients, and our community members have all the information they need to make wise decisions and take informed action when it comes to tooth injuries. If you have any questions about how to make the environment around your child safer for their smile, please reach out to us. As a community specialty orthodontic practice we are always happy to help!

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