How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Julian Chen Your Own Question

Julian Chen
Julian Chen, Dentist
Category: Dental
Satisfied Customers: 559
Experience:  Practicing General Dentist since 2002
16439544
Type Your Dental Question Here...
Julian Chen is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My 2 year old daughter fell and hit her mouth. She is bleeding

Customer Question

My 2 year old daughter fell and hit her mouth. She is bleeding from her the gums of her up two front teeth. This happened at about 10:00 p.m. tonight. I keep checking on her and outting vaseline on her gums and my finger will have a little bit of blood on it. I am sooo worried about her teeth. And I don't know what to do.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dental
Expert:  Julian Chen replied 5 years ago.
HiCustomer

I'm sorry to hear about what happened to your daughter.

I don't want you to panic. If you haven't already, please take a look to see if she's missing any teeth at all. If all her front baby teeth seem to be present and accounted for, then chances are, no permanent damage has resulted from this fall. It may very well been just a cut lip.

Now, if you look at your daughter's front teeth, and if you see 1 or multiple teeth slightly out of alignment, then it is possible that the impact pushed some of her baby teeth into her jaw. Good news is because their bones are so soft, usually after a couple of weeks, the teeth will quickly re-erupt and/or drift back into their proper place. There is a slight possibility that the impact and intrusion of teeth may have damaged the nerve, but it is way too early to tell and there's not a whole lot we can do about it now.

Typically, we just wait to see if any of her teeth discolors and darken in the coming weeks. If they do, then there was nerve damage and a baby root canal (pulpotomy) will need to be done by your dentist or her pediatric dentist. Again, I don't want you to stress about it because if all her front teeth are present and accounted for (and none of them have been knocked out or jammed so far into the gums that they appear to be missing), then the chances of nerve damage is very slim.

The bleeding should've stopped by now and although you may still get a slight trickle, your daughter should not be bleeding profusely still. If she is still bleeding a lot, try your best to apply pressure to where you think the blood is coming from and, if need be, take her to the hospital.

By tomorrow morning, your daughter will likely have forgotten the incidence. Call and schedule an appointment with her dentist for an exam early next week and all should be well.

*IF* the impact from the fall resulted in the loss of one or some of her front teeth, quickly put the tooth in a cup of milk and call your dentist. The sooner we can get that tooth re-implanted, the better her chances are from recovering from the trauma.

I hope I was able to address your concerns. I didn't focus more on tooth loss since you didn't indicate it as one of your concerns so I assume that all her teeth are present and accounted for.

Regards,

JulXXXXX XXXXX, DDS
Julian Chen, Dentist
Category: Dental
Satisfied Customers: 559
Experience: Practicing General Dentist since 2002
Julian Chen and other Dental Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
All of her teeth do appear to be present. And she is not bleeding profusely. Should I contune to put the vaseline on her gums? Is there anything that I can do to help them tighten back up? They are just a littel bit loose. Or are there things that I shouldn't do that could make it worse?
Expert:  Julian Chen replied 5 years ago.
HiCustomer

From the looks of it, your daughter should be fine. You don't need to put more vaseline on her gums. Her saliva should be more than sufficient to keep the area moist. There's nothing that we can do, nor need to do to stabilize her teeth at this time other than keep her on a soft diet for about a week. Her body will heal and her teeth will tighten up again on their own. Just do your best to keep a close eye on her so that she doesn't re-injure the area with another fall.

Definitely do not wiggle her tooth, nor should you check on the mobility of her teeth any time soon. If you are curious, you can test them out again after 4 weeks, by that time, she should be back to normal (which means her baby teeth will only be very slightly mobile, but will wiggle nonetheless).

You'll daughter will feel much, much better by tomorrow. So don't panic. From what you've described, it would appear nothing serious had occurred and no permanent damage is expected. If the impact did result in some form of nerve damage that she could not recover from, you'll then be able to see some darkening/discoloration of her teeth in the next 3-6 months. If nothing happens after 6 months (no discoloration), then the nerves weren't damaged.

Regards,

JulXXXXX XXXXX, DDS

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
< Last | Next >
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
  • I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well! Claudia Albuquerque, NM
  • Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion. Kevin Beaverton, OR
  • Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
    I feel better already! Thank you.
    Elanor Tracy, CA
  • Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem. Julie Lockesburg, AR
  • You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions. John and Stefanie Tucson, AZ
  • I have been dealing with an extremely serious health crisis for over three years, and one your physicians asked me more questions, gave me more answers and encouragement than a dozen different doctors who have been treating me!! Janet V Phoenix, AZ
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Mark Bornfeld, DDS

    Dentist

    Satisfied Customers:

    5437
    Clinical instructor, NYU College of Dentistry; 37 years private practice experience in general dentistry, member Academy of General Dentistry, ADA
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/GE/gemini132/2012-6-7_14143_MarkPic.64x64.jpg Mark Bornfeld, DDS's Avatar

    Mark Bornfeld, DDS

    Dentist

    Satisfied Customers:

    5437
    Clinical instructor, NYU College of Dentistry; 37 years private practice experience in general dentistry, member Academy of General Dentistry, ADA
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/drbehere/2010-04-11_192833_IMG_055575.jpg Dr. Behere's Avatar

    Dr. Behere

    Dentist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1850
    Masters degree, years of experience with all kinds of dental problems.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/knecht522/2008-12-17_154020_alex22.jpg Dr. Alex's Avatar

    Dr. Alex

    Dentist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1607
    I am a General Dentist and founder of the American School of Dental Assisting
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/doclagoa/2008-10-01_163313_geosmall.jpg Dr. George McKee's Avatar

    Dr. George McKee

    Dentist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1392
    Licensed dentist with 30 years clinical experience in general practice and cosmetic reconstruction.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/slodentistry/2009-05-25_004702_h.jpg Dr. Girish's Avatar

    Dr. Girish

    Dentist

    Satisfied Customers:

    788
    19 years of clinical experience in all phases of Dentistry.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/jwcdds/2009-05-09_190942_portrait.gif Julian Chen's Avatar

    Julian Chen

    Dentist

    Satisfied Customers:

    558
    Practicing General Dentist since 2002
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/drwilldds/2009-10-29_201512_justanswer.jpg Dr. Winterholler's Avatar

    Dr. Winterholler

    Dentist

    Satisfied Customers:

    266
    4 years Private Practice, Heavy emphasis on Cosmetic Dentistry and Implants, Top 10% of Dental Class