Daily Dental Health Routine
To keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy, remember to:
- 1. Brush in the morning.
- 2. Brush before bed.
- 3. Floss once a day.
Instead of snacks like chips, crackers, or cereal, eat teeth-healthy snacks like cheese and fruit!
Trauma to baby teeth can harm the permanent teeth developing underneath the gum, possibly delaying eruption. Be aware that tooth decay—even in baby teeth—can affect general gum and tooth health. Contact our office if your baby experiences trauma to the mouth.
Curious babies and toddlers can fall at any moment. New walkers in particular are very likely to take a few spills and bang a tooth every now and then, but review the following tips to be prepared in case of emergency.
If your child’s baby tooth is knocked out, we will not re-implant the tooth to keep from injuring the permanent tooth below.
A permanent tooth, on the other hand, should be re-implanted within 60 minutes of the injury. Just place the tooth in a clean container (Don’t scrub it!) with a sample of your child’s saliva or milk and bring it to our office or emergency room right away.
If teeth are missing, put pressure to the area until the bleeding stops. If bleeding doesn’t stop after 10 minutes of constant, firm pressure, come to our office or the emergency room.
If part of your child’s baby tooth breaks, or if you notice a break line running up the tooth or a glob of reddish flesh, or dental pulp, sticking out, visit our office right away.
If the tooth has just shifted a bit or if a tooth has been pushed up into the gum but isn’t broken off or bleeding, call us and see what we recommend. It is important to check in with us, since further care may be necessary at that time or in the future.
After any dental accident, your baby’s teeth will probably change color after several weeks. If you didn’t notice the trauma occur, you may notice this color change suddenly. It could mean that the blood and nerve inside the tooth died. Call our office immediately to talk about the treatment your child may require.
Injured Lips, Gums, or Tongue
If your child receives a cut on the tongue and you see a large amount of blood, stay calm—the injury may look worse than it really is. Unless it is a very large cut, the tongue can heal itself.
If your child has a cut or bruise on the lips or gums, but the teeth are still unharmed, apply cold pressure, such as a compress, bag of ice, or pack of frozen fruit or veggies. If the cut measures more than a quarter inch or goes across the lip border, take your little one to see your pediatrician. They can make sure everything will heal properly.