Why does my child keep saying that her loose tooth hurts?
Around the ages of 6 or 7 years old, the two common emergencies are: tooth pain and double teeth. Both are signs of normal tooth development. A child who experiences a first loose tooth may be scared and describe the weird feeling as painful. If the child is in discomfort, come see Dr. Kimmy to help “wiggle” the tooth.
Why does my child have two teeth in one place, like a shark?
A normal pattern of tooth eruption is when a permanent tooth absorbs the root of a primary (baby) tooth. This causes the baby tooth to have less anchorage in the bone and loosen and eventually fall out. Sometimes, the permanent teeth erupt behind the baby teeth and do not cause the natural phenomenon of loose teeth. In this case, Dr. Kimmy can “wiggle” the baby teeth so that the tongue can push the permanent teeth into place.
What do I do when a child’s tooth is knocked out?
Do not panic. Remaining calm will help your child remain calm. If the lost tooth was an adult tooth, find it if you can. When children lose primary teeth, there is no urgency, and there is no need to visit the dentist unless the tooth broke off, leaving the root in the socket. If the lost, permanent tooth is dirty, you may gently rinse it under clean water, but do not touch or damage the root and nerve. Use a clean cloth to clean away blood from your child’s mouth, but do not apply pressure to the socket from which the tooth dislodged. The child can bite on clean gauze to stop bleeding. Place the tooth into a small container of the child’s saliva or regular milk. Take the child and the tooth to Dr. Kimmy’s office immediately. In some cases, a dislodged permanent tooth can be replaced and reattached.
How can I keep my children’s teeth safe when they play contact sports?
A mouth guard should be a standard part of your child’s athletic gear. You can opt for a stock guard, though they can be uncomfortable. The boil-and-bite variety offers a customizable fit, better comfort, and therefore, kids tend to actually wear them. The most comfortable fitting guard is made by a dentist, using a dental impression. Remember, your child will need his or her mouth guard cleaned and dried after each use. Make sure the case is also clean and dry before storing the device. A mouth guard can protect against injury to teeth, teeth nerves, tongues, lips, cheeks, and even concussion, in some cases.
What do I do if my child cuts or tears the piece of skin that connects the upper lip to the gums?
This small, seemingly insignificant piece of connective skin, called the maxillary frenum, is vulnerable to injury. When damaged, it tends to bleed quite a bit. Preschoolers commonly tear their maxillary frenum. Usually, the injury is minor and bleeding will end in approximately 20 minutes. However, in rare cases, stitches are required.