Dental health is important for all children, but for children with a chronic condition like hemophilia. The simple act of biting your tongue can land you in the hospital.
It sounds a bit drastic, but bleeding from the mouth and gums can be one of the most stubborn bleeds to stop. Sometimes extra infusions and medications are needed. Other times a visit to the emergency room or even an inpatient stay may be necessary.
Here are some great tips from the American Dental Association on keeping your teeth and gums in tip-top shape. Following these great tips can help you and your family fight the “Sugar Wars” that are caused by the food we eat.
- Brush at least twice a day – After breakfast and before bedtime
- Be sure to get in the back of your mouth when brushing, don’t focus on just the teeth you can see
- Don’t forget you tongue and the roof of your mouth, both places are where bacteria settles
- Learn how to properly floss your teeth. This can be a challenge for children and adults with hemophilia
- Change your toothbrush every 3 months
In many cases a topical medication such as Amicar or Tranexamic Acid is prescribed to help the soft tissue develop a clot.
Try sucking on popsicles–try to avoid red one’s so you know if the bleeding has stopped or by sucking on a black tea bag, this can help with clotting.
If a mouth bleed does occur, consult your physician immediately for treatment instructions.
Keep those pearly whites shining through the year!
American Dental Association, 2016, http://www.ada.org/