Miscellaneous abnormalities of the teeth and oral soft tissues of preschool children
Teeth commence eruption at around six months of age. By the time an infant starts to learn to walk all of the incisor teeth in both jaws have usually erupted. Not surprisingly these new teeth are vulnerable to injuries as a consequence of learning to walk and run, and playing games with other children. Even when a child is confined to a push-chair or buggy, the teeth may be at risk. The authors not infrequently are asked to treat patients who have fallen out of a buggy injuring the teeth. These accidents are often attributed to loose paving stones or pot-holes in supermarket car park surfaces. While we do not wish to place undue emphasis on non-accidental injury, it should always be borne in mine that, in combination with other injuries, trauma to deciduous teeth may point to this aetiology.
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