Dental Health for Children with Bleeding Disorders
Teeth-brushing tips for kids with hemophilia
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, children’s 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. Topical medications such as Amicar or Tranexamic Acid can help soft tissue develop a clot—but sometimes extra infusions are required. Other times a visit to the emergency room may be necessary. If a mouth bleed does occur, consult your physician immediately for treatment instructions.
Tips for a healthy smile:
- Brush at least twice a day—after breakfast and before bedtime
- Don’t focus on brushing just the teeth you can see—be sure to brush the back teeth, too
- Bacteria hides on the tongue and roof of the mouth—be sure to brush thoroughly
- Learn to floss properly—this can be a challenge for both children and adults
Visit ada.org for more tips on pediatric dental care.
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