What should I do if my child knocks out a tooth?

children’s emergency dentistWhen your child experiences a traumatic event serious enough to knock out a tooth, a parent may experience a feeling of panic. It is important for the adult to stay calm … this will help your child to remain calm. The first thing you should do is to make sure your child is safe; always keep the number for the family dentist readily available. If you can’t reach your customary dental provider, you will likely be referred to a children’s emergency dentist.

Make a call and try to get to the dentist within an hour. If the lost tooth is a primary (baby) tooth, chances are your dentist will recommend doing nothing. This tooth would be lost eventually. Depending on the age of your child, a space maintainer may be placed to prevent remaining teeth from shifting preventing the permanent tooth from erupting correctly.

If the knocked out tooth is a permanent tooth, holding the tooth from the crown try to replace in the dental socket. If there is substantial bleeding, or the child is too anxious to attempt this, place the tooth in a glass of milk (if available) or water and get to the children’s emergency dentist as soon as possible.

Pediatric dentistry will very likely be able to salvage your child’s tooth. A rapid response is essential, usually within one hour.

Of course, prevention is always better than the need for emergency care. If your child engages in sports activities, the best way to care for their teeth is by providing them with a mouth guard. A custom fitted mouth guard will not only protect teeth, the soft tissues in and around the mouth are safeguarded from injury or trauma as well.

Accidents do happen, however, no matter how careful you are. Being prepared and having the knowledge to know what actions to take are critical.

Know the contact information for your dental provider; make sure this information is provided to all the persons you entrust your child’s care to. Make sure you can be contacted if your child is injured; your permission to treat will be required. Instruct caregivers and your child of what actions should be taken in the event that action is needed.

Preparation and the correct course of action may help to preserve your child’s smile following injury or traumatic event.

Tips for Getting a Toddler to Brush Their Teeth

kids dental Fort WorthTeaching your child to learn how and when to brush their teeth will instill habits needed for a lifetime of excellent kids dental health. The lessons learned at a very young age can mean the difference between a lifetime of happy smiles and dental problems that can be painful, time consuming, and costly.

Like many of life’s chores, daily brushing and flossing are not high on the list of favorite things to do. To make any job easier, trying to bring fun into the equation is helpful. Make a game out of brushing … create target areas and make a fun sound or ring a bell when the child has done the job well.

Many children respond to praise … clapping, smiling, and positive commentary is helpful.

A reward system may work better for some children. The prize should be something like extended reading from your child’s favorite book, a trip to the park, or if they consistently perform their daily hygiene tasks over a period of time, a visit to the zoo or maybe to see an age appropriate movie.

Threats or negative comments should never be used. While trying to get your child to bend to your ways, associating negative actions to brushing their teeth will backfire over the long term.

Your kid’s dental health requires attention from the first time you see a little tooth start to emerge. Keeping teeth free from plaque build-up is critical at all ages. Early on in infancy, wipe teeth clean with a soft cloth. As the child ages and more teeth appear, use a soft bristle tooth brush and a tooth paste designed for the toddler and brush for them.

When your child’s coordination develops enough for them to try brushing on their own, use example as a teacher by allowing your child to watch you brush and floss. Guide your child’s hand, use encouragement, and never criticize a great effort.

Around the age of twelve months, your child should experience their first visit to the pediatric dentist. These early visits will help your child feel comfortable with going to the dentist as they get a little older. This also provides a great opportunity for you to learn the best way to care for your kid’s dental health as toddlers and as they grow.

For more information or to schedule your child’s dental exam, contact Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry at 817-569-6633.