It’s important for parents to know basic dental first aid, according to a new study.
The American Academy of Pediatrics compiled a study about why parents should know dental first aid before their child visits a dentist in the case of an emergency. This way, the parents can react correctly in emergency situations and provide enough aid for the child before seeing the dentist. The time period between the emergency and treatment can be significant in some cases.
The academy recently released a set of guidelines on how to deal with such situations. If the child is treated correctly and there is a minimal amount of time between the injury and the dental visit, the child generally ends up ok.
The report also includes rules for doctors to treat dental injuries to minimize the damage.
Despite the importance of the dental first aid, there is no course of action better than actually visiting the dentist. But it’s certainly beneficial when parents are aware of dental first aid.