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When children have falls off bikes and scooters, they can easily get dental injuries as they tumble, as these areas are unprotected by the normal protective equipment such as helmets and elbow pads. Here are some tips on what to do if your child has had a fall.
Clear the blood
As children fall they often bite through lips and cheeks which can result in copious amounts of blood. This can be very distressing for the parents and the children. It's important to try and stem the bleeding so that you can get a clear view of the injury and see if there are any teeth missing that need to be looked for on the ground around where the fall happened. In order to get the bleeding stopped try rinsing the mouth over a water fountain, or rinse out mouthfuls of water from a water bottle. You should then apply light pressure to the injured area with a clear towel or other fabric items to try and absorb some of the blood.
Call an emergency dentist
It's a good idea when if there isn't any visible damage to get your child's teeth looked over by an emergency dentist. They can check for any cracks or less visible damage and make sure that any damage is repaired early before it has a chance to decay, using either visual checks or x-rays and scanning. Most dentists leave spaces in the normal schedule for emergency appointments, and there are also emergency services that operate outside of normal clinic hours such as on weekends or at the evenings. They can also give some tips on pain management for the next few hours and days as your child may be quite uncomfortable.
Serve them soft food and drinks
Children can sometimes rebound quickly and feel that they can get straight back into eating hard foods. It can often be a good time to have some easier to eat meals on offer such as soups or smoothies for the first few days while swelling is at it's highest. You can also help to control swelling by giving the kids a cold pack to hold against their face while they are not eating. Cold packs can help to reduce swelling and manage pain.
While it can be quite upsetting to see your child feeling hurt and distressed after a bike accident, with some emergency dental help they can usually get back to normal very quickly.