Q. What should I do if my child chips or knocks out a tooth?
When babies are learning to walk they are prone to falls and injuries to their mouth and teeth. Knowing how to administer first aid in case of a dental injury is important. Your child's primary teeth are just as important as their permanent teeth.
If your child knocks out a primary tooth you should not attempt to put the tooth back in its socket because it may cause damage to the permanent tooth or lead to infection.
It is important to seek urgent dental treatment for your child to check if any pieces of tooth remain in the socket and to ensure no other damage has been done.
To manage bleeding, apply pressure directly to the injured area with a clean cloth or gauze pack. This will help to control the bleeding. To minimise swelling, you can apply ice or cold compresses to your child's face at the site of the injury. If the injury is severe it may require stitches. Your child may require some age-appropriate pain relieving medication.
With any dental injury, it's important to always seek professional advice from a dentist, or if a dentist is not available, seek advice from a healthcare professional.