The kids are back in school, and that means they will be out on the playground and in the gymnasium participating in physical activity. This of course, means there is a possibility that your child could fall and do damage to their teeth.

A chipped tooth may not be a big problem if your child isn’t in pain, but it is best to have it checked by a dentist to determine if it has been damaged in a way that you can’t see, in case the tooth still needs to be filed or smoothed.

A tooth could even get jammed up into the gum line, and need to be repositioned, or even removed. Although this may sound drastic, your dentist may decide to remove it so that it isn’t a choking hazard in the event that it falls out later.

In some cases, the damaged tooth may become discolored, or darker. This is not usually a problem, aside from the cosmetic factor, but ask your dentist to make sure there is no real reason to be concerned. Also, remember to check your child’s teeth regularly when you brush them.

If your child’s tooth has been knocked out, and you still have it, go to the dentist immediately. If you can’t find the tooth, and your child looks like they are having trouble breathing, take him or her to the emergency department right away to make sure they haven’t inhaled it by accident.

Here are a few simple things to remember if your child has damaged a tooth:

  • If the tooth begins to turn grey then it will need to come out.
  • If your child’s gums start to bleed pack them with a piece of wet gauze and hold pressure on it until the bleeding stops.
  • An ice cube tied securely in cloth and held on your child’s gum will limit the swelling.
  • If the tooth begins to turn grey then it will need to come out.
  • An ice cube tied securely in cloth and held on your child’s gum will limit the swelling.
  • If the tooth falls output it under the tongue or in a glass of milk – it might save the tooth.
  • Check frequently for signs of infection, such as fever, or swelling and tenderness.
  • Call the dentist immediately if you think your child’s gums are infected.
  • Check your child’s teeth carefully during brushing following an accident.