What to do when your child has an oral injury

Posted by Little Bytes Pediatric Dentistry on Feb 6 2019, 01:05 PM

It is said that ‘Play is the work of the child’, which pretty much describes their entire childhood. Children involve in a lot of playtimes, and it is advisable to let them do so. However, taking the proper care and precautions while they’re having fun is just as important. So what would you do in case your child sustains an injury to the mouth? What would you do to keep them safe from any oral injuries in the future?

What is the first thing to so in case of an oral injury?

An injury to the teeth or the soft tissues of the mouth can be pretty serious and mustn’t be ignored, whatsoever. If the treatment is delayed, it could lead to further complications that could cost you a lot more in expenses. Here are some of the common oral injuries and how you can tend to them effectively:

Chipped or fractured tooth:A hard blow to the mouth could deform the teeth or even fracture them (though the enamel is the hardest part of our body). Firstly, rinse the mouth with water to get rid of any chipped parts of the teeth. In case the teeth are bleeding, control it using a clean piece of gauze and apply pressure on the area for about 10 minutes. You may also use a cold compress on the cheeks and chin to control the swelling if any until you get to a dentist.

Avulsed tooth:An avulsed tooth is one which is completely knocked off from its socket in the jawbone. If you’re able to retrieve the tooth, hold it by its crown and keep it safely in a glass of water or milk without contaminating. Do not try to place it in the socket by yourself as this could get very risky. Control the bleeding using a clean piece of gauze and get the victim to a dentist as soon as possible.

Partially dislodged tooth: A tooth that is partially dislodged can prove to be extremely painful. Use a cold compress to relieve pain and reduce the swelling until you get to the dentist.

Injured soft tissues: Sometimes, when your child is wearing oral appliances such as braces, there are chances of getting injured in the mouth (especially the lips and gums) when they take a hit to the mouth. If this happens, control the bleeding using a piece of gauze and applying pressure. Get immediate medical attention.

The key to handling an oral injury is acting quickly. Control the bleeding, stabilize the victim and get them to a dentist as soon as possible. We would always consider emergency situations with high priority and tend to their injury at the earliest.

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