Prevention of Traumatic Dental Injuries
Although traumatic dental injuries are not completely preventable, there are a number of ways that the risk can be minimized. For young children, child-proofing the home decreases the risk of falls and injury. For older children who participate in sports, the use of protective gear-like mouthguards and helmets has been shown to be effective at minimizing traumatic injuries. Caregivers, teachers, health care providers, and anyone who interacts with children and adolescents have a responsibility to promote activities that prevent injuries. Education about how to decrease risks and manage traumatic injuries and in some cases, regulations to support these activities should be endorsed by all health care providers.
KeywordsDental trauma Pediatric Prevention Adolescent Child abuse Mouthguards Helmets Trauma guidelines
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