Morristown Pediatric Dentistry

MINIMIZING THE RISK of childhood tooth injuries starts with knowing the most common causes of those injuries. For starters, babies and toddlers are most likely to injure themselves by slipping in the bathtub. Non-slip mats are a great precaution! Be sure to protect your child from the tub spout. Sports are another culprit of tooth injuries. Projectiles like balls and frisbees can easily cause injuries, so make sure to discuss safety and not aiming at anyone’s head. Hard playground equipment can also be a hazard so extra care should be taken. You don’t need to place a bubble around your child, but help them build the skills to play safely.

Make a Plan in Case of Tooth Injuries

Sometimes accidents happen even when we’re 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 isn’t possible, store it in cold milk, but either way, be sure to get straight to the dentist. This sense of urgency will give your dentist the best chance of replanting the tooth. Make sure not to touch the root, and don’t try to clean it or store it in ice.
When tooth injuries happen, follow these steps to help your child:
1. Remain calm and tell your child it’s going to be okay. Getting excited will only get your child worked up.
2. If there is some bleeding, apply some clean gauze to help reduce the bleeding.
3. If you child is in pain, sucking on a bit of ice will help reduce any pain and swelling.
4. Reach out to your child’s dentist. If you have established care with a dentist, you are more likely to be able to get into a last minute appointment.

Maintain Healthy Habits to Avoid Tooth Injuries

Healthy teeth are harder to injure, which is one more reason to make good daily oral hygiene habits a big priority as well as following a healthy well balanced diet. That means daily flossing and twice-daily brushing! It is great to encourage your children to build skills where they are taking care of their own teeth, but young children often need a parent to brush before or after the youngster to be sure those teeth are well taken care of.

The Dentist Is Your Best Resource for Tooth Injuries

We want to make sure our patients (and the parents of our youngest patients) have all the information they need to make wise decisions and take informed action when it comes to tooth injuries. You want to protect both your child’s baby teeth and adult teeth. If you have any questions about how to make the environment around your child safer for their smile, let us know. We’re always happy to help.

Thank you for making us your partner in lifelong oral health!

Morristown Pediatric Dentistry provides dental services for children and adolescents in the Lakeway Area. We strive to provide a fun, caring, and child-friendly environment. We are here to help your children form healthy oral hygiene habits and help them take care of their teeth. We are conveniently located in the heart of Morristown at 950 West 1st North Street. To make an appointment with one of Morristown Pediatric Dentistry’s doctors, please call: 423-581-1877.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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