As babies start to move, crawl, and explore the vast and curious world around them, it is common for them to come face-to-face with numerous obstacles which may result in injuries.
As time progresses and the child advances through the active years often associated with childhood and their teen years, the obstacles grow in severity, intensity, and increase the likelihood of an injury occurring.
This is especially true when it comes to the teeth, the bones in the face, the gums, the lips, and even the cheeks. While tooth injuries among kids are considered to be common, these injuries have the potential to result in serious and long-lasting complications.
By reading this brief guide, you will learn about the most common tooth injuries that occur and first aid measures that you may take until your child has the ability to see a pediatric dentist.
Common Types of Tooth Injuries
There are several different types of tooth injuries that may detrimentally impact a child. The following outlines the most common:
- Chipped Tooth – Minor
- Chipped Tooth – Major
- Tooth Fracture with Exposed Nerves and Blood Vessels
- Tooth Fracture with No Exposed Nerves and Blood Vessels
- Displaced Tooth
- Knocked Out Tooth
Causes of Tooth Injuries
There are many potential causes that directly relate to the injury of one or more teeth in a child’s mouth. The most common issues include falls, trips, slips, and bumps. In addition to the common complications caused by the exploration of a child’s immediate world, playing sports, being too rough, and accidents may result in the development of a tooth injury.
A tooth injury may impact a primary tooth – which is often referred to as a “baby tooth” – or, may impact a permanent tooth – which is often called an “adult tooth”.
If a child’s tooth becomes injured, the goal should be to get the child to a pediatric dentist as quickly as possible. While making the necessary arrangements, you should remain calm and encourage your child to do the same.
If there is bleeding, you should place gauze at the site of the bleeding and have your child bite down on it.
Once the bleeding has stopped and started to clot, you may place a cold compress on the area or provide the child with a bit of ice or some type of ice pop.
This will help in eliminating the swelling and will help ward off the pain that the child may be experiencing. If a tooth is chipped, be certain to gather all of the pieces and place in water.