Did you know that about 50 percent of kids experience some type of tooth injury during childhood? Most parents know how to treat minor cuts, scrapes and bruises, but it’s also important to know how to prevent and treat tooth injuries.

As fun as it is, the playground is a hotspot for injuries. So, what can you do as a parent to help protect your child from experiencing a tooth injury on the playground? And, what do you do if your child has an injured tooth?

Ways To Prevent Playground Tooth Injury

  • Scout Out The Facilities. Make sure there are no rusted, loose, or broken pieces of playground equipment as these frequently result in injury.
  • Age Appropriate Equipment. The equipment that your children are playing on should be age appropriate. Younger children climbing too high, jumping too far, running too quickly, etc. are the most likely to injure themselves.
  • Know The Weather Forecast. Rain, snow, and ice can make things slippery and, therefore, more risky.
  • Check Your Child’s Clothing. Loose clothing is often the cause of falls because it catches easily on things. Dress your child appropriately for the type of playground you will be going to.
  • Always Supervise. Not only can the equipment cause injury, but your child’s playmates can as well. Some children are rowdier than others and certain types of play may need to be stopped by adults before any injuries occur.
  • Mouthguards. These are a great option for protecting your child’s teeth during playtime or while participating in sporting events. Mouthguards can prevent chips, fractures, or knockouts of teeth, as well as protect the soft tissues of the mouth. (We’re big fans of mouthguards for sports, too!)

What To Do If There Is A Tooth Injury

If a tooth is knocked out or chipped, please contact us immediately. Time is usually of the essence. Depending on your child’s unique situation, we can best advise you in assuring a positive outcome for your child’s tooth.

Whether the tooth is lost or chipped, try to save the tooth or tooth fragment that has been chipped off and take it to your dentist.

We Care About Your Child’s Safety And Dental Health

As your Portland, Beaverton and Tigard pediatric dentist, we want to help parents know how to prevent dental trauma and protect their children’s teeth from injury. However, we know accidents do happen (because they happen to our own kids!). When they do, we’ll be right here to provide the best and most effective care for your child.

By the way, which is your favorite local playground for your kids?  We really like the playground on top of Bull Mountain in Tigard called Elizabeth Price Park.  It’s fenced in and small enough to contain your kids, but has play equipment (like a mini climbing wall) that will keep them entertained.  We also like that there is no tree cover.  On days that are sunny, there’s no better place to be.  Downside is, very little parking.  We also like Jack Park in Tigard, always a classic.  Our kids are obsessed with all the ducks and squirrels they see, and, of course, crossing the bridge over the water.  Which reminds us…we need to do a post as summer approaches about outdoor activities in Portland!

Dr. Eddie Lopez & staff, Greenburg Pediatric Dentistry


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