Working with children on an everyday basis, we see a lot of Dental Emergencies and many times parents are taken by surprise at how quickly small accidents can turn into a bigger problem. Here are some tools on how to prevent dental emergencies:

  • If your child is actively participating in sports and recreational activities have them wear a helmet and/or mouth guard when appropriate to avoid falls or getting hit with a ball or other objects that can cause a broken/dislocated or knocked out tooth.
  • Have your child use scissors to open things not their teeth! (teach and supervise small children)
  • Supervise young children and don’t let them run around with objects in their mouth (pencils, toothbrush etc) – they could fall or run into something and get injured!
  • Reduce trip hazards where possible, install gates to block stairs and dangerous areas (especially for young children)
  • Visit the dentist every 6 months and follow through with treatment if necessary to make sure your child’s teeth are healthy and strong
  • Have your child follow a healthy diet (avoid sugary drinks, candy, chose healthy snacks like vegetables, cheese, etc)
  • Make sure your child is brushing his/her teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes and floss before brushing at night
  • Children under the age of 8 need help brushing and flossing–encourage them to brush themselves and then floss and brush again to make sure all areas are clean
  • Don’t let infants fall asleep with the bottle in their mouth and clean their teeth as soon as the first tooth is coming in to prevent early childhood decay
  • Avoid your child chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy as they can crack a tooth

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