My family's dental health is important to me. Unfortunately for me, it is not as important to my little ones. Getting my kids to brush and floss on a daily basis is almost like taking on an obstacle course. I talked to my family's dentist about different methods I could try to encourage them to brush and floss on a regular basis. Some of the tricks worked, some did not. After some experimentation and talking to other parents, I was able to come up with a lot of great tips for helping kids care for their teeth. I started this blog to help other parents get creative when it comes to their kids and dental care.
At times parents think it doesn't matter what happens to their children's baby teeth because they are going to fall out eventually, but there is a lot of attention that needs to go into the baby teeth. If your child fell or got hit in the face and they have tooth that is jammed, dislocated or has moved, you want to get to a dental professional right away. This is true even if you have to go to an emergency dental clinic. Here are some of the things that you have to worry about.
Permanent Tissue Damage
There could be damage done to the gum tissue around the tooth that won't heal properly if it isn't repaired right away, and then this is going to cause tissue complications for a lifetime and with their adult teeth. You don't want damaged tissue that is discolored, unsightly, or disfigured because you didn't get your child into the dentist so that the tooth could be relocated or fixed, and so that the dental tissue could be saved.
Adult Tooth Damage
If the tooth is jammed and left or jammed too far, it can cause problems with the adult tooth that is waiting to come in behind it. It may make it so that the adult tooth is shifted and now will come in crooked, or it could even force the adult tooth to move behind it or in front of it. If there is a problem and the tissue is opened and the adult tooth is exposed, it will be susceptible to damages like cavities prematurely.
If blood is involved than there is open tissue somewhere in the mouth, and this area is now susceptible to infection. You want to get to an emergency dentist to see if stitches are needed to close the area, and to get an antibiotic to help keep the tooth health. An untreated area that results in an infection can ended being a cause for tooth loss and cause other bacterial problems inside the mouth.
If your child has a problem where a tooth has been jammed you want to get a to a dentist as fast as you can so that the tooth can be pulled back into place if it's possible, and so the injury can be assessed properly by an oral health professional. Get an appointment and get seen to protect your child's smile right away.