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Injuries to teeth can occur any time. However, now that summer is in full swing, we do see a spike in dental injuries at our office. The most common types of injuries are the results of toddlers falling down and children and teens injured while playing sports.

The peak period for trauma to primary, or baby teeth, is between 18 to 36 months –- a time when children are most curious, yet uncoordinated. For permanent teeth, sports accidents are the most common cause of dental trauma.

If a baby tooth has been knocked out, and you can find the tooth, do not try to reposition the tooth. Clean the child’s mouth gently with water and use a cold compress to reduce swelling. The most important thing is to make sure the child does not have any lacerations or cuts that needs to be sutured. As the lip area is considered a cosmetic area, it is best to bring your child to the ER for a plastic surgeon to handle the suturing. Once the child calms down and the bleeding is controlled with firm pressure holding over the area with gauze, an immediate dose of Tylenol is always helpful. If the tooth is not accounted for, please call Dr. Tsai for guidance.

If it’s a permanent tooth, it’s critical that you put it right back into the socket as soon as possible, ideal time is less then 60 minutes to avoid serious nerve damage. Even if you’re a bit squeamish, you must get the tooth back into the socket. If for some reason you can’t get the tooth back in, place it in milk or the child’s own saliva. These liquids help protect the delicate cells around the root much better than water. The next step is to call Dr. Tsai for guidance. The important thing is to keep the tooth moist but avoid washing or rubbing it, and avoid touching the root. This is another reason why It’s important to have a dental home — a dentist dedicated to your child’s oral health — and to maintain regular visits. You don’t want your child’s first visit to the dentist to be for a potentially frightening situation such as this.

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