In this segment we talk about what to do if there is trauma of some kind to your child’s baby teeth.
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My name is Dr. Joye Warr. I am coming to you live today to talk about your children’s teeth. That’s right. I’m a pediatric dentist in High Point, North Carolina. I’m going to talk today, we’re going to talk all about baby teeth. Now, this is our last installment of our baby Blitz. And what we’ve been talking about for the last six sessions is all about baby teeth. So, anything you want to know about baby teeth, please go back and look at what we’ve been doing and what we’ve been talking about.
Now, just to give you a short overview, one of the things we’ve been talking about why our baby teeth are important, like a four-year-old has a mouthful of baby teeth. So why do cavities, we talked about how all baby teeth do not come out at the same time. Remember, eight before 8, 12 before 12.
That means that every child loses about eight baby teeth before they’re eight years old. And then another 12 before they’re 12 years old, so not all baby teeth come out at the same time. The other thing we talked about is how baby teeth are important, not just for the way that your child looks, but also so that they can chew. Remember, chewing is the very first aspect of digestion. And so, if your child can’t chew their food, then that’s a big problem that they’re going to have not only with their teeth, but with digestion.
We also talked about how important teeth are. We also talked about how teeth are important to the development of your child. Like when your child’s jaw and their bones grow. It’s important that their teeth are there because those teeth helped them to form their adult jaw, what they’re going to look like. So, the head and neck formation all depend on the teeth. We talked about how baby teeth have nerves and roots, just like adult teeth so they can abscess. And that’s important because today we’re going to talk about trauma to baby teeth.
So, since we now know that baby teeth are not throwaway teeth, baby teeth, help our children to understand that teeth are important. And so, you can’t wait until they just get adult teeth and then try to teach them to take care of them. Remember, they’ve already been taught that you don’t have to brush them, so, you got to brush them. You got to floss them. And again, just like baby teeth have roots and nerves, then they too can be traumatized, and they too can hurt.
So, when a baby tooth is traumatized, the first thing you should do is of course, call your pediatric dentist, most pediatric Dentists have an emergency line that you’re welcome to call. One of the things we caution about, especially in this time of Corona, make sure that you do not go to the emergency room, the emergency room specially because of the COVID virus is probably not a good environment. And because most of them do not have dentists on staff, it could be not a good idea for you to go there. Certainly, go there, if you think that your child has sustained a head or neck injury, or you think that they’re not acting dizzy, or if they need stitches, certainly seek out your pediatrician and your emergency room.
But if your child has trauma to one of their baby teeth, the very first thing you should consider doing is calling your pediatric dentist. Now what we’ll do, especially as pediatric nurse, we want to make sure that your child is okay. We want to make sure that they’re not dizzy, want to make sure that they’re acting okay. In this situation, believe it or not crying is the proper response. So, I know that crying is very upsetting to parents.
But that would be the very first thing that we check to see if your child is crying when they fall into something that is a proper response to the discomfort or to the surprise or something. It’s when they don’t cry, that we get a little bit worried and wonder if there’s been head or neck trauma or something that we should be concerned about. So crying is the correct response. While they’re crying, you should consider calling your pediatric dentist and to see what’s going on. What your pediatric dentist will do is probably get a picture of what’s going on. If you’re concerned about any cuts or wounds or abrasions, the first thing we do is make sure that there isn’t anything deep that needs to be addressed by a physician or your pediatrician.
After that, then we want to assess the teeth now, so after we’ve got the head and neck straight, make sure that their tissues are okay, then we start to assess whether the teeth are okay or whether they can be saved or not. Now, when children’s teeth when baby teeth are traumatized, it can be anything from a small chip to chopping the tooth off to the tooth coming all the way out. And each one of those traumatic scenarios we treat differently.
So, it would depend on what we do and how we do and how far you are away and all that kind of stuff. I will say this, remember that when a baby tooth comes completely out, that’s not the type of situation where you want to put it in milk and all that kind of thing. But if your child loses an adult tooth, and that adult tooth comes all the way out, when they hit themselves on the cement, or run into a wall or into someone else’s head, and that adult tooth comes all the way out, you should put that tooth in milk, call your dentist immediately.
And within 30 minutes, you should see your dentist that’s important. So, remember, permanent to milk, see your dentist, that’s the most important part.
If your child traumatizes at a baby tooth, believe it or not our most important, the thing we’re most concerned about is the adults and above that baby tooth, and not necessarily just that baby tooth. So, we always want to take an X ray, to make sure that the adult is above the baby tooth is okay. So that’s the first thing. And then we always want to make sure that on a calm child that if anything needs to be fixed, like if it’s a chip, or crack or something like that, that can be repaired. We’ll do that probably a little bit later.
Just because we want to let the tooth rest, nine times out of 10. If there’s minor trauma to a tooth, the best thing to do is to leave it alone, let it heal, just like if you were to break an arm or leg or fracture something or sprain something that takes about six weeks for that tooth to get back healthy the way it’s supposed to be. And so, we wait six weeks before we do anything, just to make sure that tooth was okay.
So that’s what we do when a child has had trauma to their teeth, some of the things that you can do to avoid trauma, because we know the kids are a little rough and tumble and all that kind of thing. But remember to use some of the trauma prevention measures, like especially if your child is young, you want to use the corner or drawer protectors, the things that go on the corners of the table so that your child doesn’t run into those. You also want to use the knob; the knob covers so that they can’t get into anything that they shouldn’t get into. And then lastly, in the bathtub, you want to make sure that you put the little put a little cover over the faucet, especially if they’re bathing within reach.
So, you want to make sure that you put something over there because kids will hit themselves on that thing so many times as we get into the winter season. And as we begin sledding, my calls for emergencies go up. So lastly, remember to be careful with your child if they’re sledding or if they’re outside of their skating or something. Because ice and children kind of don’t mix with baby teeth some reason, but always make sure that you’re watching them. Always make sure that you keep an eye on them. But always make sure that you keep the number of your pediatric dentist handy so that if anything should happen, you can always give them a call.
So, with that said, I have a special surprise for you. All next month, we’ll be celebrating the New Year bringing it in right by offering every child four and under who comes to our office for the first time, a free ticket to the North Carolina zoo. That’s right. All you must do is call us, make an appointment for your first visit any child four and under and you’ll get a free Zoo ticket. That’s good through August. We know that the zoo is closed right now but they’ll honor that through August of 2021. So, you get to come back with your child, you get a chance to meet me. We will meet you and you’ll be able to come back and we’ll talk to you about your child’s teeth. We’ll also brush your child’s teeth; we’ll make sure that we examine them. And then we’ll give you a free fluoride treatment. And of course, no visit is complete without stickers and toys, we want you to know that we are a COVID compliant. We’ve been trained in all kinds of COVID measures.
And so, we do have a lot of strenuous guidelines that we use to make sure that we keep our staff, our parents, and our patients safe. And so, if you call our office 887-9277, all next month, we’ll give you a free Zoo ticket. That’s all you got to do. Anyhow, four and under. So, we want to see you I can’t wait to see you. But I want to thank you for joining me over this journey. These last six visits have been so awesome. And I thank you for being with me. I also just want to wish you a happy New Year.
I pray that 2021 is much better to you than what we’ve gone through, I just believe it is going to be a better year. And I also wish you a very Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays. I wish the best of safety, prosperity, and wealth and health for you and for your family. Thank you again and we will see you in the New Year. I won’t see you at the end of this year. Like it’ll be like New Year’s Eve. But I will see you when we get back the first week in January, where we’ll talk about some more good stuff to help you with your children. See, watch out for us. Thank you again. Happy New Year. Bye.