Dental Injuries

Children with their first or early adult set of teeth that stick out have an increase chance of damaging them, but the risk can be easily reduce without being prohibitively costly. A study undertaken at the University of Adelaide of more than 50,000 children age under 19 years publish in the journal Dental Traumatology, confirms a direct link between the degree to which a young patient’s teeth protrude and the chance of damaging them.

Most prevalent disease

Traumatic dental injuries have been identify; so as the fifth most prevalent disease or injury globally; also their subsequent management is costly. While the number of traumatic dental injuries have fallen over recent decades; so they have significant physical, psychological and economic consequences.

Young children up to the age of six years with teeth; so that stick out more than 3mm have over three times higher; so chance of trauma than children without protruding teeth. Children over six years with teeth that protrude more than 5mm have over double the chance of trauma,” says Dr Dogramaci. Corrective orthodontic treatment of children’s teeth isn’t usually undertake; so until all permanent adult teeth have come through usually after the age of 12 years.

However, an expensive visit to an orthodontist isn’t essential to protect teeth that stick out. A dentist can easily measure how far a child’s teeth stick out; also recommend whether they should be fit with a brace. They can apply simple braces which can reduce the prominence of protruding teeth; also significantly reduce the chance of them to damage,” says Dr Dogramaci.

Mouth guard to protect

If children suck their thumb this may also cause the teeth to stick out; so they should be discourage from this habit as early as possible. Children should also wear a mouth guard to protect protruding teeth when playing sports. Early identification and protection of protruding teeth through regular dental check ups; which reduces the chance of early problems becoming long-term dental issues,” says Dr Dogramaci.

If young teeth are brok or knock out long term issues may occur like the need for root canal treatment or even tooth loss, requiring a lifetime commitment for general dental treatment. Also, if orthodontic treatment is carry out on teeth that have previously suffer from trauma, further complications can occur during orthodontics that could lead to the loss of those teeth. The results of this study confirm that regular check-ups, particularly for children, are a must for good long-term dental health.