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Maternal and Child Health Bureau logoA Health Professionals Guide to Pediatric Oral Health Management
HomeModuleModule 1: An Introduction to Infants' and Young Children's Oral HealthModule 2: Managing Infants' and Young Children's Oral HealthModule 3: Oral Conditions and AbnormalitiesModule 4: Prevention of Oral DiseaseModule 5: Non-Nutritive Sucking HabitsModule 6: Oral InjuryModule 7: Infants and Young Children with Special Health Care NeedsContentsGlossaryEvaluationHelp
Module 6: Oral Injury
Module Contents
6.1 Injury Prevention
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Anticipatory Guidance
6.2 Child Abuse and Neglect
6.3 Injury Types and Consequences
Injury Types
Injury Consequences
6.4 Managing Oral Injuries
Avulsed Teeth
Key Points
Additional Resources

6.1 Injury Prevention

photo of toddler boy runningInjuries to the head, face, and mouth are common among infants and young children. Estimates indicate that up to 30 percent of young children may experience injuries to the primary teeth.[1] Injuries to the primary teeth occur most often in children ages 18 through 30 months.[1] Because children in this age group are unsteady on their feet, as they begin to walk, run, and climb, accidents occur that result in oral injuries. Child abuse and neglect can also result in oral injuries.

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