Your Child’s Dental Safety

Baby Boy Chewing on Crib

Child Safety is No Accident

From their first crawl, children are prone to accidents. Dental injuries may be more common during those early adventuresome years, but the risk to teeth doesn’t diminish as children grow older.
The best way to avoid dental injuries is to anticipate them and take precautions. Here are some guidelines that may help parents, grandparents, teachers, and childcare providers prevent dental injuries to children:

  • Protect children from falls which can lead to dental injuries. Put safety gates across stairways to keep toddlers from falling. Keep doors and drawers closed and floors free of objects that children could trip.
  • Match toys with the age of the child (softer toys with younger children) to discourage misuse. Dental injuries can occur when children are hit in the mouth with toys that are too heavy or too big for them.
  • Protect toddlers from electrical burns by keeping outlets covered and cords out of sight or disconnected. A plugged-in extension cord that’s not in use can be especially attractive since the receptacle end of the cord is small enough to fit in a child’s mouth.
  • Make sure older children who are involved in contact sports use mouthguards.
  • To avoid injuries related to auto accidents, use approved car seats for infants and toddlers and be sure older children are secured by seat belts.

Because children are curious and unpredictable, you may not be able to prevent every accident. But by taking certain precautions, you can decrease the likelihood that a child in your care will suffer a dental injury.

About Dr. Chase & Dr. Kotula

Dr. Steven Chase, DDS & Jacqueline Kotula, DDS pride themselves on offering their patients the most comprehensive and sophisticated options for dental care in a comfortable and friendly environment. Their caring and talented dental family’s first priority is the well being of their patients. They strive to help their patients achieve optimum dental health by providing personalized and compassionate dental care. Their team is comprised of highly skilled professionals dedicated to excellence in every phase of dental treatment. They are committed to continued education, which enables delivery of the very finest, state-of-the-art cosmetic, restorative, and CEREC® same-day dentistry, along with Invisalign® clear aligners.

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