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Prevention is the most effective intervention.

Primary care clinicians are in a unique position to help families prevent accidental trauma, including oral trauma, by providing anticipatory guidance at routine visits.

Accident Prevention
Suggestions for accident prevention specifically related to oral trauma:

  • Advise parents about possible injury to developing permanent teeth from trauma if a primary tooth is injured.
  • Review and anticipate developmental milestones.
  • Counsel about the risks of walkers and trampolines.
  • Discuss childproofing the home.
  • Review safety measures for outdoor activities and sports.
  • Stress the importance of adequate supervision at all times, especially on furniture, on stairs, at the playground, and at athletic events or practices.
Pediatric health professionals have a unique opportunity to provide anticipatory guidance and help prevent injury.
It is important to reinforce helmet and mouth guard use at routine visits.
The AAP recommends against trampoline use in all environments.

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