Mouth injuries are common in children. They may involve the teeth, jaw, lips, tongue, inner cheeks, or gums. A mouth injury can also affect the roof of your child's mouth, neck, or tonsils.
Your child may injure his or her teeth during a fall. An injury can crack, chip, or break a tooth or make a tooth change colour. A tooth also may be knocked out, loosened, moved, or jammed into the gum.
An injury to the roof of your child's mouth, the back of your child's throat, or a tonsil can injure deeper tissues in your child's head or neck. These injuries can happen when a child falls with a pointed object, such as a pencil, in his or her mouth. Make sure that your child doesn't walk or run with objects in his or her mouth. This will help keep your child safe.
Your child also may bite his or her tongue because of a seizure, a car crash, or another injury.
A cut or tear to the tongue can bleed a lot. Small injuries may often heal on their own. If the injury is long or deep, it may need stitches that dissolve over time.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 23, 2017
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Arden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry
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