As parents of young children well know, any accident involving your child is concerning. Kids can be a bit out of control sometimes and don’t always know their own strength or movements, and the occasional scrape or impact is virtually unavoidable.
At Children’s Crossing Pediatric Dentistry, we’re here to offer assistance if your child is involved in such an incident that impacts their oral health in a significant way, including sedation dentistry for procedures if one is necessary. And while coming to our offices isn’t necessary for certain minor issues like biting a tongue or a minor toothache, here’s a list of a few of the more significant dental issues your child may experience, and why a dental visit in most of these cases is the recommended course of action.
Chipped (Fractured) Tooth
A very common issue for children is chipping a tooth, otherwise known as fracturing it. Especially frequent in young boys who may play a bit rougher than girls, fractured teeth can result from many different impact types.
If your child fractures a tooth, immediately do your best to gather the pieces of it you’re able to find and place them in a cup of water (milk will also work). From here, schedule an appointment with our dentist as soon as possible, where we’ll assess the issue and whether it requires a crown or some other solution. While waiting for the appointment, your child can rinse the area with warm water if it hurts.
While a minor toothache that comes and goes is not an emergency worth scheduling a dental visit for, one that persists longer than 48 hours or so is. Particularly if you’ve tried pain relief strategies like warm water or even aspirin without success, these toothaches may actually be signaling more significant oral health issues that require our dental expertise.
Knocked Out or Lost Teeth
There are really two categories to examine here: Baby teeth and permanent teeth.
- Baby teeth: Baby teeth are meant to come out at a certain age, but it’s possible for them to be knocked out too early in a child’s life. In these cases, alignment issues like crooked teeth or bite problems may arise due to tooth crowding in the vacant area. If you believe your child has lost a baby tooth too early, schedule a dental appointment within 24 hours.
- Permanent tooth: If your child loses a permanent tooth once it’s grown in, take similar steps to a chipped tooth, including scheduling a dental appointment immediately.
Tongue or Cheek Bleeding Concerns
Some children have a habit of chewing on the tongue or cheeks, and in severe cases this can lead to open wounds and infection. If your child has bleeding in either area for longer than 48 hours, visit our offices.
Finally, a rare issue – but still one worth knowing about – is the lodging of items in the gum line or gum surface. If items cannot be cleared using general techniques like flossing, brushing and others, they can cause swelling, infections and the buildup of harmful plaque. If this happens to your child, come see us right away.
For more on the kinds of dental issues that justify a trip to your children’s dentist, or to learn about any of our other services, speak to the staff at Children’s Crossing Pediatric Dentistry today.