Young children’s teeth are prone to injury. Dental injuries can happen at any time: on the playground, at sports practice, even roughhousing with siblings at home. Since being prepared may help with the severity of the injury, parents should have a working knowledge of how to handle tooth trauma, according to a recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The most common ages for pediatric dental injuries are between one and three years of age, as children learn to walk and run, noted the article. For children under age six, tooth injuries account for about 18-20% of all injuries. By the time they are 12 years old, half of all children have had a dental injury. Sports account for about 39% of injuries in that upper age range, with the most common injury being a fractured crown.
The article suggests that childproofing a home can help prevent some of these injuries – cushioning corners of nightstands and coffee tables and avoid having children in socks on slippery hardwood floors. Sports injuries can be reduced or avoided altogether with mouthguards. An important consideration noted in the report was this: when dental injuries do occur, it is important to check for other serious injuries, such as a blocked airway or concussion.
Despite your best efforts to protect your children, accidents will happen. If your child’s injury was the result of negligent behavior, you may want to take action. Similarly, if there was a dental injury that was downplayed or misdiagnosed, and resulted in permanent damage or more significant injury, an attorney can help. If you would like to talk to an attorney with a winning record in serious personal injury lawsuits, please reach out to us. Our firm is recognized as a leader in litigating injury caused by negligence throughout Pennsylvania.