Dental injuires can often be prevented - especially if you know what to watch out for. These tips can help you do just that. Note the specific areas that you know may prove dangerous.
- Encourage children to be considerate of each other, and gently remind them to wait their turn when appropriate
Falling on stairs
- Make sure children don't feel hurried
- Remind children to use handrails
Falling from bikes and playground equipment
- Review safety rules
- Teach safe use
- Make sure equipment is age appropriate and in good repair
Running with objects in mouth
- Make a list together of the only things that should go in your mouth, and illustrate together. Post at children's eye level.
- Remind children to walk, not run
- Clean up toys, materials, and spills
Car accidents (sudden stops)
Biting hard objects
- Make a list together of everything you shouldn't bite. Encourage children to add to the list as they think of items.
Did You Know?
- Upper front teeth are the teeth most affected by accidents
- Teeth and gums in the back of the mouth are usually injured by chewing on pencils, ice, or cracking nuts
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