The holidays are undoubtedly an exciting time for your child. The magic of the season is everywhere!
The last thing you and your child should have to worry about during the most “wonderful time of the year” is a dental disaster.
When you partner with Dentistry for Children in Murray, UT — and when you exercise a little caution on your end — you can help prevent and (if necessary) manage dental emergencies quickly.
Read on for some easy ways to avoid a dental emergency this holiday season so you and your little one can focus on what’s truly important: making memories with friends and family.
Then, prioritize excellent dental health for your children in 2018! Call us at any of our three convenient locations to schedule a routine checkup and cleaning.
1. Don’t Let Your Child Open Presents With His Or Her Teeth.
Teeth are strong and pretty resilient. But trying to untie a tightly tied ribbon with your teeth to get to the present underneath is a dental emergency waiting to happen. Using your teeth in ways they’re not meant to be used (such as unwrapping presents or cracking walnuts) can break or crack them. This can threaten the health of the nerve-filled inner structure of your teeth, which could require a root canal or tooth extraction.
The best way to avoid a dental emergency, of course, is to avoid foods and behaviors that could damage your teeth.
But what should you do if your child has broken a tooth? Accidents happen — particularly if you have a house full of rambunctious children during a holiday get-together!
In the midst of a dental emergency, you can trust the dental professionals at Dentistry for Children.
Call any of our three offices, and we can help ease any pain your child might be experiencing. We’ll also help you repair the damage to their smile!
We have a doctor on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You’ll be able to get help when you need it.
Here are some common dental emergencies we see at Dentistry for Children:
- Severe toothache
- Broken, chipped, or fractured teeth
- Knocked out teeth
- Gum injuries
- A broken dental restoration
If your child has broken or knocked out a tooth, a little quick thinking on your end can help your child keep the natural tooth.
As soon as possible, rinse the tooth or its pieces with warm water, taking care not to touch the root of the tooth if it is exposed. Then, put the tooth or its pieces in a small container of milk or your child’s saliva.
Alternatively, you can carefully place the tooth back in the tooth’s socket, handling the tooth only by the crown while doing so. Do not touch the root of the tooth.
An important note about dental emergencies: If your child is experiencing bleeding that you can’t seem to get under control, seek immediate medical attention. Then, give us a call. We’ll help you repair the damage!
2. Choose Smile-Friendly Stocking Stuffers
Hard, chewy, and sticky candies are sometimes the most popular among kids. But they’re not so great for little teeth!
Kids can accidentally bite down improperly on a hard candy, which can break or otherwise damage teeth.
Chewy and sticky candies, such as caramels or gummy bears, are also problematic because particles easily get stuck in the grooves and crevices of teeth. The debris is hard to remove, and lingering sugars attract bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease.
So, what’s a better option if you want to keep your child’s teeth healthy this holiday season?
Chocolate is a great bet. It’s more easily cleaned off of teeth than sticky candies. Plus, if you opt for dark chocolate, your child will benefit from the antioxidants!
The American Dental Association has also awarded several brands and flavors of sugarless chewing gum its Seal of Acceptance. These are great choices to give as stocking stuffers because they’ve actually been shown to prevent tooth decay!
And of course, non-candy items are always popular among kids. Anything from small holiday stickers to dolls or action figures is sure to delight.
3. Don’t Forget To Brush And Floss!
The holidays are an exciting and busy time, so it can be easy to let good dental hygiene practices fall by the wayside.
But especially because you and your kids will likely be consuming more sweets than any other time of year, it’s important to keep up with proper brushing and flossing habits!
Make brushing and flossing more fun by turning it into a family activity or letting your child listen to their favorite song while cleaning their teeth.
And remember, the American Dental Association recommends that kids and adults alike brush for two minutes a day, twice daily, using a soft-bristle toothbrush. The organization also recommends flossing once a day.
Then, when the new year rolls around, don’t forget that your child should be visiting the dentist once every six months for a regular dental exam and cleaning!
For gentle, kid-friendly dental care, call Dentistry for Children at any of our three locations. You can also fill out our convenient online form to request an appointment.
And of course, happy holidays from Dentistry for Children!