Dental Trauma in Children: Helpful Hints

Dental Trauma in Children: Helpful Hints

Are you prepared should your child experience dental trauma? Unfortunately, dental trauma can happen to young children and adolescents from every day actions, from participating in sports or from riding a bike.

Dr. Jason Hirsch and the oral healthcare professionals at Hirsch Pediatric Dentistry, located near you in the 33411 area code in the Palm Beaches of Florida, want to offer some helpful hints to parents to be prepared for, and to react appropriately, should their child suffer a dental trauma.

Primary Teeth (Baby Teeth)

Below is a list of varying damage to primary teeth, and the immediate actions to take, before calling a pediatric dentist for an evaluation.

  • If the tooth has moved in position and is loose, then try to gently reposition the tooth.
  • If the tooth is very loose and just barely attached to the gum, do not reposition the tooth.
  • If the tooth is completely out, do not place the tooth back in its socket; simply, wait for the tooth fairy.
  • If the tooth is completely out but cannot be found, then either:
    • the tooth has been swallowed; or
    • the tooth has been pushed back into the gum.

Any dental trauma affecting the primary teeth, even if the tooth has not been loosened, requires a visit to a pediatric dentist for an evaluation and necessary treatment.

Permanent Teeth

It is possible that a chipped tooth or a minor fracture can wait until the pediatric dentist’s normal hours of operation or when you can be fitted into the schedule.

If a tooth becomes completely dislodged and it is recovered, handle the tooth as little as possible. Prior to the trip to the dentist’s office, try and place the tooth back in its socket while gently biting down on a moistened gauze or a wet tea bag.

If the tooth cannot be held in the socket, rinse the tooth of all visible dirt and place it in either a glass of cold milk or saliva until you reach the dentist. It is also beneficial to gently apply a cold compress on the tooth’s socket.

Common and minor injuries are not accompanied with severe pain, bleeding or swelling. Any trauma to a permanent tooth must be evaluated by a pediatric dentist for necessary treatment. The variable is whether the appointment is scheduled on an emergency basis.

The Appointment

When the pediatric dentist is assessing the injury, please encourage your child to completely describe the accident if an adult was not present. This way, the dentist will know to examine the child’s face, lips and the oral musculature for soft tissue lesions.

After the Appointment

Depending upon the severity of the trauma, the dentist may instruct the parents, or the adult caregivers, to prevent the child from thumb sucking and to follow a soft diet for a number of days following the accident. Parents, or the caregivers, need to be vigilant for any signs of tooth discoloration or gum abnormalities. Any irregularity to the tooth or to the surrounding gum tissue needs to be immediately communicated to the dentist.

If you would like a consultation for additional information on dental trauma to children, then please call the oral healthcare professionals at Hirsch Pediatric Dental, located in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, where new patients are always welcome.

Hirsch Pediatric Dental is trusted and highly recommended for evaluating and treating damage and injury to teeth and gums in children, as well as other procedures in pediatric dentistry.

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