Despite our best efforts as parents, sometimes it seems children will always find a way to get into some unforeseen situation. For the most part we are ready for those situations with an arsenal of band aids, ointments, and other medications. However, tooth injuries can often be overlooked. Tooth injuries involve any type of chipping, cracking, or loss of a tooth.
The first step to help with those teeth is to help keep them strong and in good health. You can start by implementing a daily dental routine of brushing in the morning and at night before going to bed. By taking care of the teeth, it will prevent them from developing cavities which can weaken the tooth, making them more susceptible to cracking or chipping.
As part of the daily routine a good fluoride toothpaste can also help by strengthening tooth enamel and making the tooth less susceptible to decay. It’s generally recommended to start using fluoride toothpaste after the age of 2. Parents should also help with brushing until good motor skills have been developed where your child can then brush properly and get to all those hard to get areas. Watching what goes in your child’s mouth and not allowing them to chew on hard objects such as ice or pens/pencils can also help prevent chipped or cracked teeth.
More severe injuries such as trauma are usually the result of some sort of impact. In order to reduce the potential for these types of injury preventative measures can be taken. When a child first becomes mobile or is in the beginning stages of walking a certain amount of Baby-proofing may be required. Do a walk through your home and restrict access to staircases, make sure all hard surfaces and corners are baby-proofed in case of falls, and make sure to tie down and restrict access to any electrical wiring. When driving makes sure your child sits safely in the appropriate car seat for their age. Seat belts should be used whenever in a stroller, high chair, shopping cart or wagon.
A mouthguard can be of vital importance if your child plays any sports and should be considered as part of the uniform. Constructed of hard rubber and composite plastics, mouthguard can help prevent trauma to the teeth and gums and can also provide the added benefit of helping to prevent concussions
Even with all the precautions taken chances are your child will do something to surprise you. As a parent your job is to provide the best protection and be prepared for when accidents do happen. If and when they do happen to your child’s teeth you can also take comfort that the Dental Works 4 Kids team will be ready to help.
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Dental Works 4 Kids is a pediatric & an orthodontic health care specialist in Ontario, CA provides the highest standard of specialized and comprehensive oral health care and orthodontics for infants, children, adolescents, and patients with special needs. Dental Works 4 Kids offer a safe and welcoming environment with a focus on education and prevention for families in our community.