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Safety Chart

Safety and Your Teeth
Dental injuries can often be prevented — especially if you know what to watch out for. This chart can help you do just that. Fill in the specific areas that you know may prove dangerous.

Cause

Prevention

Possible Danger Areas in My Setting

Shoving/pushing

  • Encourage children to be considerate of each other, and gently remind them to wait their turn when appropriate


Falling on stairs

  • Make sure children don't
  • feel hurried
  • Remind children to use handrails


Falling from bikes and playground equipment

  • Review safety rules
  • Teach safe use
  • Make sure equipment is age appropriate and in good repair


Running with objects in mouth

  • Make a list together of the only things that should go in your mouth, and illustrate together
  • Post at children's eye level


Falling/tripping

  • Remind children to walk, don't run
  • Clean up toys, materials, and spills


Car accidents (sudden stops)

  • Always wear seatbelts
  • Offer children props to role play


Biting hard objects

  • Make a list together of everything you shouldn't bite
  • Encourage children to add to the list as they think of items



Did You Know?

  • Upper front teeth are the teeth most affected by accidents
  • Teeth and gums in the back of the mouth are usually injured by chewing on pencils, ice, or cracking nuts

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This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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