What to do for a Dental Trauma Injury

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:


Rinse gently with saline, milk, saliva or water. DO NOT SCRUB THE TOOTH OR TOUCH THE ROOT!


Place the tooth in a sealable container with saline, milk or saliva/blood. DO NOT store tooth in water.


Place a damp gauze over the socket and bite gently.


Contact your pediatric dentist immediately.

Sports injuries account for up to 39% of all dental injuries and with 30 million children in the US participating in organized sports every year, protecting their dental health and emotional wellbeing is top priority for our office. While football and hockey are the most recognized sports that cause dental injury, baseball and basketball are actually the sports with the highest rate of injury between the ages of 13-17. Every child that engages in a contact sport should use a mouthguard to prevent and/or minimize damage to their permanent teeth. Custom mouthguards made by your dentist can be more comfortable, give better protection, and in our office, they could be customized with your team logo and your child's jersey number, all contributing to better compliance in use of the mouthguard.

From playing on the playground to swimming in the pool to spring sports starting up, the ways to get injured are numerous.


Sports injuries are the cause of 10-39% of all dental injuries.


50-90% dental injuries involve max incisors


30 million kids in the US participate in organized sports


Baseball & basketball highest injury rate between 13-17

- Highest incidence of sports-related injuries found in 15-17 year old males
- Children are most susceptible between the ages of 7-11
- Bicycles are the most common consumer sports product related to dental injuries in children.
- Most trauma to baby teeth occurs between the ages of 2 and 3. Dental trauma at any age is usually due to falls.

J. Shahangian


Dr. J is a board certified pediatric dentisty and owner of Scripps Pediatric Dentistry & Brush n Brace located in San Diego, CA. He is not only a Diplomat with the board but now also has Fellow status with the AAPD. He is proud father of 3 beautiful girls, a San Diego native, loves soccer and is passionate about pediatric oral health. His mission is battling the number 1 disease that he has seen take over our beloved children. Dr. J's corner provides answers and solutions to parents questions & concerns regarding their children's oral health.

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