There are always risks of accidents present for everyone. Young or old, anyone can have an accident that affects their mouth and can damage their teeth. Here is a dental trauma guide to prevent further injury to the teeth and its surrounding structures as well as some tips for dental first aid.
Dental trauma guide for primary teeth
Dental trauma: Why does it happen?
Exploring the world by themselves has always been the favourite hobby of children. Even with different supportive devices and protective gears, babies and children alike expose themselves at a very early age to falls and injuries that may affect their face and mouth. During this age, a child’s primary or temporary teeth closely connect to the permanent teeth. These permanent teeth are still forming inside the jawbone at this stage. When an accident occurs, and an injury impacts the teeth, damage may also be associated with the permanent teeth. Its appearance may be significantly affected when they emerge, one at a time, starting at around eight years of age.
Once a child injures his baby teeth, his affected permanent teeth may emerge with whitish marks or a shape deformity, depending on the extent of the injury. Common dental injuries that can cause the most severe damage to the permanent teeth are when a tooth intrudes the gums or when it is knocked out. Let us know the ways to prevent injury to the mouth and what to do in cases where a child’s teeth are already exposed to trauma.
Dental trauma guide: What to do to prevent it?
- Do not leave your children unattended, even if using walkers or other walking devices.
- Advise your children to play with protective gears on.
- Teach your children on how to play with caution: no pushing, watch their steps, use the swimming pool stairs when getting in and out of the pool, etc.
- Wear a helmet and mouthguard when participating in active sports like hockey, rugby, or just riding a bike.
Dental trauma guide for permanent teeth
If accidents can happen to children, it can definitely happen to adults! Here are some ways to apply first aid to the mouth in cases of emergency or accident that cause dental trauma.
- Find the tooth if it was knocked out. Safely holding it on the crown part (not the root!) and keeping it in a container with cold water or milk is vital in saving the tooth’s integrity.
- Determine if there is bleeding. If there is, apply cold compress on the side of the mouth where there is bleeding.
- If you can replace the tooth on your tooth socket, try to do so but carefully. Bite into a towel or clean cloth to maintain its position. If you can’t, place the tooth in the container and report to the dentist immediately. Early consultation and treatment from the dentist may increase the chances of saving your tooth.
Knowing ways on how to preserve the integrity and overall health of your teeth and its surrounding structures are as important as your overall general wellbeing. Protect yourself by understanding and remembering the dos and don’ts in managing dental trauma. Let us always remember that caring for your dental health should not be neglected and set aside.