As we head into spring and the warmer months of summer, dental trauma incidents are on the rise. Up to 90% of all dental injuries involve the maxillary incisors, your two front teeth, the most visible teeth in the mouth. The most common trauma to baby teeth occurs around the ages of 2-3, when most children are learning to walk. As children grow older, sports injuries become the leading cause and can be more concerning since there are now permanent teeth involved. Even for those children who do not play sports, trauma can happen any time. The bicycle is the leading cause of injuries to the mouth outside of sports.
Should your child knock out their tooth/teeth, we have created a video showing what to do in the immediate aftermath. As with any dental injury, you should immediately contact your pediatric dentist for further professional care. The emergency room or your pediatrician may not be properly equipped to deal with a knocked out tooth.
The first step with any injury is to determine what the damage is. If your child is alert and stable, you can focus on the tooth injury. If the tooth has been completed knocked out, try to find it. If you can find it, follow these steps:
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