The Most Common Pediatric Dental Problems (Part 2)

The Most Common Pediatric Dental Problems (Part 2)

As we explore the different dental issues that are common in children, we see that tooth sensitivity and tooth decay are two of the most common.  While these will cause ongoing pain, one of the most difficult situations for parents is dental emergencies.  This is when a child who was healthy ends up becoming injured unexpectedly, and results in the damaging of the tongue, gums, soft tissue of the mouth or teeth.  Because of the continual play that children engage in, dental emergencies are far more prevalent than anyone would want to think about.  The results the accidents can be teeth breaking, splitting or cracking as well as the permanent loss of teeth if they are knocked out.  The best thing you can do if your child’s teeth are knocked out is to arrange for emergency dental visit at your pediatric dentist as soon as possible.  Only go to the dentist if there is not profuse bleeding going on, as the dentist will not be as well equipped as an emergency room would be at dealing with a situation that may be life threatening.  If you notice that your child is bleeding go directly to the emergency room without stopping.  If the child is not bleeding but the teeth have been knocked out, place the tooth into some sort of liquid in order to preserve it as best as possible.  The best liquids to place the tooth into room temperature milk, clean water or even a saline solution used for contact lenses.  If you can get to the dentist before too much damage happens to the tooth once it is outside of the body, there is a possibility that the dentist may be able to place the permit tooth back into the socket.  If this is a possibility, sometimes it will allow the tooth to reattach along with the help of a retainer period.  There’s only so much that a parent can do in order to avoid these common dental emergencies, but the best thing that you can do is to prepare in advance and understand how to diagnose the situation.  Understand if you should be going to the emergency room or to the emergency dentist, and if you are able to go to the dentist always know their hours of operation and their address and phone number.  It is a good idea for parents to keep this information on their person at all times, so that a quick decision can be made if necessary.  In situations where it seems as though a visit to the dentist is in order, began transporting the child to the dentist immediately and then call the office to make sure that they can take a dental appointment as you are driving.  Most common reason for losing the tooth permanently is that it was not able to be replaced in enough time.  Quick thinking is your friend.

Part three is next.