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Tooth injury and trauma prevention
Nearly 50 percent of children will have some type of injury to a tooth during childhood, many of which are preventable
Falls, sports-related injuries, and fights are the most common causes of tooth injury in children. Mouth injuries can also occur when a child trips or is pushed with an object in the mouth.
When to seek help — Many parents wonder if their child should receive medical attention after a dental or mouth injury. Children with any of the following symptoms should be evaluated by a healthcare provider. Depending upon the particular circumstances, this may be done over the phone, at the pediatrician's or dentist's office, or in an emergency department:
●If there is pain, tenderness, or sensitivity (to hot/cold or pressure) in a tooth
●If there is a broken, loose, or missing tooth after trauma (the tooth could have been inhaled or swallowed)
●If there is bleeding that does not stop after applying pressure for 10 minutes
●If there is pain in the jaw when opening or closing the mouth
●If there is difficulty swallowing or breathing
●If there is an object stuck in the roof of the mouth, cheek, tongue, or throat (do NOT remove the object)
●If there is a large or gaping cut inside the mouth or on the face
●If the child could have a puncture in the back of the throat
●If there is a cut on the lip that extends through the lip's border into the surrounding skin
●If the child is weak, numb, or has blurred vision or slurred speech
●If the parent is concerned about the child's condition
●If the child develops a fever (temperature ≥100. 4ºF/38ºC) or other signs of infection after a mouth or tooth injury (localized redness, pus, increasing pain); signs of more serious infection may include neck pain or stiffness, inability to open the mouth completely, drooling, or chest pain.
Types of Dental injuries
Dislocated or loose primary tooth
Broken primary tooth
Dislocated permanent tooth
Loose permanent tooth
Broken permanent tooth
Why regular examination is important?
The Importance of Routine Dental Exams
Plenty of people resist the idea of visiting the dentist. Whether they are afraid of experiencing pain or they don’t like the sound of the drill, or they just don’t like being told what to do, some people will often allow several years to pass between visits to the dentist’s office. While this is a common practice of many of us, it is not recommended. The British Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist once every 6 months. There is a reason for this recommendation. If you are one of these people who allows years to go by between dental visits, you could be putting yourself at risk of many dental problems and certain types of illness, like heart disease. Here is why visiting the dentist on a regular schedule is so important.
Regular Dental Visits Help to Prevent Serious Medical Problems
When you visit your dentist for a routine checkup they will carefully examine all parts of your mouth for signs of trouble. This means they will check your gums and teeth for signs of decay and illness. Your dentist may also check on other parts of your body for signs of problems, including your neck, your head, your face, your throat, your saliva and how your jaw moves. Not only will these careful examinations allow the doctor to determine if you need any dentistry work done, they will also help them determine if you are showing any signs of serious medical problems, such as oral cancers, vitamin deficiencies, diabetes or joint problems.
Regular Cleaning Prevents Tooth Decay
Once the dentist has performed a detailed examination of your various body parts, they will then perform a regular cleaning on your teeth. The purpose of a routine cleaning is to remove any tartar or plaque that tends to quickly build up on your teeth. Soft plague can cause tooth decay and gum irritation. It can also harden on the teeth, which not only makes it more difficult to remove, but it also stains the teeth. Routine checkups (along with proper home care) are the best way to remove tartar and plaque build up to help prevent cavities and tooth decay. Your teeth will feel cleaner and look brighter after these things have been cleaned away. During the cleaning process the dentist will also look at any previous dental work you may have had done to make sure everything is still good. For example, they may make sure that any fillings you have had completed are still intact and that no decay is visible.
Your regular six month cleanings will help your dentist determine if you have any problems that need to be fixed. They may take x-rays, check your bite, examine your gums or use certain dental devices to see around and under your teeth. If they find anything, such as cavity or damage root that needs repair, they can then schedule an appointment to repair the damage.
What to Do Between Visits
Routine dental exams and cleanings help to identify problems before they become serious. They are also important for repairing any damage to your mouth, teeth and gums, which could have long running effects on the rest of your health. While your dentist can remove a lot of tartar and plaque during a regular cleaning, you will still have to perform daily maintenance on your own mouth each and every day. This means using proper brushing and flossing techniques and following any guidelines provided by your specific dentist. Routine dental checkups and proper daily care will help keep your teeth and mouth clean, fresh and disease free.
How important is your child’s dental health?
170 youngsters a day have teeth extracted in the UK, a jump of almost 17% since 2013. In last year only 58.5% of children were seen by dentist! Twice as many children under the age of 10 receive hospital treatment for tooth decay as those treated for broken arms! Understanding the integration of oral health with general health is underestimated!
Dental health for kids is just as important as overall health. Understanding that your children's teeth, including their baby teeth, need optimal care is the first crucial step. Unfortunately, there is still a lack of understanding that dental health for kids should start as soon as their first tooth erupts as an infant. Parents need to know what care is timely and proper to ensure their children have a healthy mouth. For most children, the first deciduous, or primary, tooth will erupt between the ages of 4-6 months. From that time forward, daily oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist will play an important role in your child's dental health.
Parents: The Best Role Models
Parents play an important role in their children's dental health. They need to reinforce good oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing at home with their children. However, the most important impact on your children will come from observing your own good habits. Lead by example and demonstrate how important your children's teeth are to their overall health and continuing quality of life. Optimal dental health translates to a healthier child in general and impacts their future habits and livelihood.
What will happen at your child’s dental checkup
Expect the first appointment to be short and informal — more of a meet-and-greet for your child and the dentist. Depending on your little one's age and comfort level, you may be asked to hold him while the dentist pokes around his mouth. Or you may be asked to hang back in the waiting room or to one side of the chair so your toddler can have some quality time to get to know the dentist and staff on his own.
As for the business of inspecting your tot’s teeth, the dentist will check for decay and take a look at your child’s gums, jaw and bite. The dentist or the hygienist may clean your child’s teeth and apply a fluoride preparation (particularly if there is a stain or a high risk of cavities) or he or she may save that for the next visit.
Chances are, the dentist will talk to you about good oral-hygiene habits — and give you the chance to ask any questions you may have about toddler teething, thumb-sucking, tooth-friendly foods and anything else that pertains to your toddler’s oral health. You may want to bring a list of your questions to the appointment so that you remember them when you’ve got the dentist’s attention.
Sugar and Fissure Sealants
We are aware that sugar is bad for our teeth and causes dental decay.
But did you know just how many sugar cubes are in common every day things we eat and drink?
Bottle of Luccozade = 15.5 sugar cubes
Bottle of Coke = 13.5 sugar cubes
Bottle of Flavoured fizzy water = 5 sugar cubes
Bottle of Water = 0 sugar cubes!
It's common knowledge that these drinks contain lots of sugar. But hidden sugars in common foods can be shocking too...
Tin of baked beans = 5 sugar cubes
Salad cream = 3.6 sugar cubes
Small fruit yoghurt = 2.7 sugar cubes
Did you know that fissure sealants can reduce the rates of decay by as much as 88%?
Everybody has grooves on the chewing surfaces of their back molars. Sometimes, these grooves can be deep and collect the plaque bacteria, which increases the risk for dental decay.
Fissure sealants are thin plastic coatings that are painted onto the grooves of the back teeth. The sealant forms a protective layer that keeps food and bacteria from getting stuck in the grooves.
The process is usually quick and easy - typically taking just 1 minute per tooth. Each tooth is thoroughly cleaned and prepared with a special solution prior to placing the sealant.
Sealant usually last for many years, but they can wear down over time with chewing foods, so the seal will be checked at each dental visit to ensure they are still in tact. They can be replaced quickly and easily.