Dental Injuries in Children

Posted on : 21-11-2012 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Dentist and Dentistry, Dentistry for Children, Oral Health, Preventive Dentistry

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A dental injury is any injury to any part of the mouth including the jawbones, tongue, gums, lips or teeth. Disturbance to both the enduring and baby teeth and the structures that support them are the most common dental problems that are seen in children. Injuries to children’s teeth can be very upsetting for children as well as their parents. Dental injuries may occur as a result of a sports mishap, hot liquids, hard foods, physical fights, car or bicycle accidents, a fall inside of the home and sports mishaps are all possible causes of dental injury. Timely treatment is essential for the long-term health of an injured tooth. Obtaining dental care within 30 minutes can make the difference between saving and loosing a tooth.

Symptoms

The symptoms of a dental injury can vary. Injuries of the soft tissue like burns or cuts to the tongue, inner checks, or lips can result in swelling, redness, pain, and possible bleeding. Teeth that are injured can result in sharp edges which can cut into the soft tissue. Broken teeth can also result in toothache, depending on the type of fracture. A tooth that has been knocked out may leave a painful, swollen, and bloody opening.

How to Care for An Injured Broken Tooth

If tooth is broken, damaged or cracked, see your dentist as soon as possible. Otherwise your tooth could be damaged further or become infected. In the meantime try the following self-care measures:

If the tooth is painful, take pain reliever. Rinse your mouth with salt water.
If the break has caused a sharp or rough edge, cover it with a piece of wax, paraffin, or chewing gum to keep it from cutting your tongue or the inside of your lip or cheek. If you must eat, eat soft foods and avoid cutting down on the broken tooth.

For further details take guidelines from your dentist. You may call Dr. Haddon Suttner for any type of dental problems on 02 9365 6197. For details about the services visit Dentist Bondi

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