Children’s teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and a healthy smile is important to a child’s self-esteem. Attitudes and habits established at an early age are critical to maintaining good oral health throughout life.
With proper care, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits, teeth can remain healthy and strong. But for kids with hemophilia or other bleeding disorders, the simple act of biting the tongue can require serious attention from caregivers.
Bleeding from the mouth and gums can be one of the most stubborn bleeds to stop. Sometimes extra infusions are required. Other times a visit to the emergency room may be necessary.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month
This month-long national health observance aims to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, caregivers, teachers, and others.
Here is some advice from American Dental Association to help keep your child’s teeth and gums in tip-top shape.
Healthy Smile Tips:
- Brush at least twice a day—after breakfast and before bedtime
- Don’t focus brushing on just the teeth you can see—be sure to brush the back teeth, too
- Don’t forget the tongue and roof of the mouth, where bacteria hides
- Learn to floss properly—this can be a challenge for both children and adults
- Change toothbrushes every 2–3 months
- Topical medications such as Amicar or Tranexamic Acid can help soft tissue develop a clot
If a mouth bleed does occur, consult your physician immediately for treatment instructions. Visit ada.org for more tips on pediatric dental care.
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