It’s easy to see that kids are bubbling with energy. They run fast, play hard, and often have wild imaginations. As fun as it is to see them having a good time, you should always be aware of situations in which they could chip their teeth.
Drinking Fountains: It’s becoming a common problem for children to chip their teeth on the spout of a drinking fountain—especially at school. You can either teach your child to hold the spout while drinking so as to avoid bumping his teeth or simply provide him/her with bottled water.
Eating Utensils: Encourage your children to eat slowly. This will lessen the likelihood of jabbing a utensil into their gums or chipping a tooth.
Dangerous Furniture: If you’re raising little ones, make sure your furniture is safe. Avoid buying coffee tables with sharp edges. Children don’t pay attention to what could be harmful to them. One fall and they could easily chip or knock out a tooth on a hard surface.
Falling on Slippery Surfaces: As we settle into the colder months, remember there’s more potential for kids to slip on wet or icy sidewalks. Encourage them to walk—not run—to the bus stop. If it’s possible, purchase shoes with good tread. They’re more likely to slip if wearing shoes with a flat surface like flats or flip flops.
Playing Sports: If your children are involved in any kind of sport, be sure to buy the proper protective gear. Mouth guards are important because they protect not only the teeth, but also the lips, the gums, and the cheeks. Mouth guards are most common when playing ice hockey and football, but they are recommended for other sports such as soccer, basketball, and rollerblading.
Using Teeth as Tools: This is a common habit among kids. They use their teeth to rip clothes tags or open bottle caps. This may sound harmless, but it can cause chipping and breaking.
Repairing Chipped Teeth Even with the best precautions, chipped teeth still occur. In that case, contact your dentist as soon as possible.