Managing Dental Trauma

Managing Dental Trauma, What to do if your child falls and injures their teeth

The first thing to do after the injury is to make sure that your child has not sustained any type of head injury or loss of consciousness. If you suspect this is the case or you are not sure, go immediately to the closest hospital to have your child evaluated. Next, apply pressure with a wet cloth and attempt to determine the extent of the dental injury. If your child has knocked out their tooth try to find the tooth. Do not attempt to wash off the tooth at this time. A permanent tooth may sometimes be re-implanted depending upon the extent of the injury to the mouth and most importantly the time that has elapsed. Put the tooth into milk (whole milk is preferred, but skim, 1% or 2 % is acceptable) and take your child to the dentist or emergency room. If you are not sure if is a permanent or a baby tooth, go ahead and put it in milk until it can be determined by the dentist. If your child has broken or displaced their tooth, follow the same steps as with a tooth that has been knocked out, and confirm there has been no other head injury. Contact your dentist who can determine if you need to be seen right away or wait until the next day depending upon the extent of the injury. Remember it is always best to err on the side of caution calling if you are not sure if your child needs to be seen. This will put your mind at ease and help you to make an informed decision.

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