When you have young children, the falls that happen during any active type of play can sometimes lead to tooth injuries. According to Boston Children’s Hospital, teeth can be chipped, displaced, or completely detached, depending on the injury, and nearly half of all children end up with some sort of tooth injury!
Most times, a tooth that’s been knocked out can be completely saved!
“The good news is most dental injuries can be avoided,” said Martha Ann Keels, division chief of Pediatric Dentistry at Duke University. “But if an accident does occur, don’t worry—most times a tooth that’s been knocked out can be completely saved if proper care is taken in the first 20 minutes.”
The first step to treating mouth injuries is keeping them from happening in the first place. According to UpToDate, you can prevent tooth injuries by:
- teaching your child to keep everything, besides food and drinks, out of her mouth.
- having your child sit down during meals, especially when drinking something with a straw or eating something on a stick. Don’t allow your child to eat in the car if possible, as a car accident could lead to a tooth injury.
- buying a mouthguard for your child. Mouthguards are especially useful for children who participate in active recreational activities and sports.