Most Common Causes of Tooth Injury in Children
As we all know, children are agile, active, and can be very unpredictable. How can we forget their love for candy, chocolate, ice-cream, and marshmallows! All these things inadvertently can cause tooth injuries in children.
So, let’s take a look at a few of the most common causes of tooth injury in children:
1. Tripping or Unexpected Falls
Most children tend to make a mess of their toys, or simply keep running around the house. Hence, due to this, children might trip with their own mess and may end up injuring their teeth.
Apart from this, kids being hyperactive in nature, can unfortunately also trip on stairs or trip while they are running or playing. This can cause sudden impact or trauma to their teeth, leading to tooth injuries.
2. Sudden Impact On Tooth Due to an Object in the Child’s Mouth
Just imagine this. Your child is eating his or her favorite hard candy while you are driving. All of a sudden, you apply the brakes and the hard candy smashes against your child’s tooth.
3. Injuries While Playing Sports
While we can never downplay the importance of sports and other outdoor activities in a child’s life, these are some of the major reasons for tooth injuries in kids.
Falling off a bicycle is quite common in children especially if they are just learning how to ride. If the fall is severe, it will likely cause a tooth injury. Other examples where children can injure their teeth include playing sports at schools like football, basketball, or baseball, etc.
4. Consuming Too Many Sweets
While eating excess processed and sweetened food doesn’t directly cause tooth injuries in children, it can, however, make a tooth weak, decayed, or sensitive. If children try to eat and chew with an already weakened tooth, this can lead to tooth injuries like a chipped or cracked tooth.
5. Consuming an Extremely Hard Food Item
Baby teeth in children are weak in comparison to adult teeth. Thus, they are more susceptible to injuries.
In conclusion, it is extremely important that you schedule routine dental exams for your child. This can detect any early signs of damage and/or decay. Your dentist can then suggest preventive measures.
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