Did you know that tooth trauma is a very common occurrence among active children. Injury to the front teeth increase with
age as children become more active and more permanent teeth erupt into the mouth. It is not uncommon for the front teeth to erupt in a very forward position thus 45% of children up to the age of 12 with severe overbites can have some type of visible damage to their teeth. If your child chips or ‘knocks out’ a baby tooth or primary tooth. Usually it is nothing to worry about as long as there has not been any damage to the surrounding tissue. If your child chips a permanent tooth the chipped part should tried to be saved as sometimes it can be re-attached. If a permanent tooth is ‘knocked out’ try to save it and put it back in immediately. If it can not be reinserted place the tooth in a cup of milk. If no milk is available try to keep the tooth in the mouth between the cheeks and gums. Be careful to not over-handle the root of the tooth. In any of the above situations immediate dental care should be sought by a specialist to properly assess the extent of the trauma.