Dental injuries are not something we think about when it comes to infants. According to a recent online article mouth injuries in infants are very common. Researchers have discovered that children who are learning to walk are at increased risk of dental injury from baby bottles, sippy cups and pacifiers. In an unprecedented move, they closely reviewed nationwide statistical data from the last 20 years and discovered that, on average, 2,270 injuries related to these products are treated in U.S. emergency rooms each year.
The study performed by the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio found that between January 1991 and December 2010, an estimated 45,398 children under three years of age needed dental treatment in an emergency room as a result of injuries caused by baby bottles, pacifiers and sippy cups. Baby bottles were present in about 66 percent of the injuries. Pacifiers made up for 20 percent of the injuries and sippy cups for 14 percent.In particular, pacifiers were linked with soft-tissue dental injuries. The permanent front teeth begin to develop in an infant’s jaws relatively soon after birth and the crown of the permanent tooth does not finish developing until a child is three or four years old. If a toddler falls and injures a baby tooth, that tooth can get shoved up into the jaw and the development of the permanent tooth will be affected. The risk is the highest when a baby tooth is injured before the child is three years of age and if the baby tooth is shoved up into the gums or completely knocked out, reported Dr. Dennis McTigue, pediatric dentist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Dental Care for the Entire Family
Dental care includes treating trauma to the mouth and restoration of the jaw, soft tissue, and teeth. At ImpressionDentalCare @The Image Center both Dr. Ahn and Dr. Morley are uniquely qualified to help young patients through the process of recovery following dental mouth injury. After careful examination of the patient, the doctors will make a recommendation that could include treatment of the gums, tooth restoration, and orthodontic care. Parents are educated on the best ways to care for their child’s existing teeth as well as the permanent teeth that will follow. As a practice that specializes in family dentistry, Impression Dental Care @ The Image Center provides dental solutions for the entire family including cosmetic teeth whitening, veneers, and bonding.