According to Iqaluit Dental Clinic, around 50 percent of kids will have some kind of tooth injury at least once during their childhood. As a parent that seems scary. However, it’s important to prepare for scary scenarios so that you can breeze through them. Let’s check out what you need to do if your child chips, cracks, or knocks out a tooth.
1. Stay calm – When kids break, crack or get a tooth knocked out, it doesn’t make you a bad parent. Kids will be kids and these things are natural. That’s why you need to stay calm since your child can’t. It’s a completely alien event for your child and they won’t know how to react. They’ll look up to you and emulate your behaviour. If you seem scared or anxious, your child will be the same. During such events, it’s important to maintain a cool head and de-escalate the situation.
2. Contact your dentist – When your child’s tooth is cracked, chipped or knocked out, you need to contact your dentist immediately. Even a tiny crack may have a big impact on your kid’s oral and overall health. Even if there are no apparent signs of damage, pain or bleeding, a small opening invisible to the naked eye may allow bacteria to enter the tooth and cause an infection. Talk to your dentist and let them know how the fracture occurred, send pictures and book an emergency dental appointment as soon as possible.
3. Save fragments – Whether fragments of a tooth are chipped, or an entire tooth is knocked out, you need to collect everything and store it in a glass of milk and keep them moist. In some cases, the dentist may be able to reattach broken fragments or a knocked-out tooth with dental glue or other such emergency procedures. If you can’t find fragments or notice that your child has trouble breathing, rush to the emergency room. Your kid may have swallowed part of the broken tooth and that may be responsible for their respiratory problems.
4. Alleviate the symptoms – When you confirm that your child doesn’t have any trouble breathing and save the fragments, it’s time to alleviate the symptoms. Give your child warm water and make them rinse their mouth. The goal is to keep the mouth as clean as possible and reduce the possibility of an infection.
If a chipped tooth keeps bleeding, use wet gauze on the area and teach your child to hold the gauze in place with their teeth. After a while, that jaw pressure should stop the bleeding. Next, hold a cold compress to the outside of your kid’s cheek for around 15 minutes to limit facial swelling.
Iqaluit Dental Clinic suggests that you use the above-mentioned steps to protect your child’s dental health when he or she has a chipped, cracked or knocked-out tooth. It’s very important to stay calm during these situations so that you can make the right decision.