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Question:
My 9 month old fell and cut her gum: This morning my 9 month old fell and cut her top gum on an old chest that we have in our bathroom.

It bled for about five minutes. I've been trying to look in her mouth when she will let me but it's never long enough to get a good look. Her front lip was swollen and there was a cut on the back of her gums where one of her top front teeth has been trying to come in.

It hasn't completely broke through yet and I can't see the tooth but there is also a cut on the top of the gum where the tooth will come through.

Is it possible that she could have hit her mouth hard enough to chip or break the tooth are there any signs I should be looking for? We were planning on making her first dentist appointment for 11 months.

Do I need to go sooner. Please help ...Visitor from Florida

Answer:
All of your concerns are certainly valid.

The smart thing to do, as a concerned parent, is to seek the help of a children's dentist who can inspect the affected tissues first hand and make the appropriate treatment recommendations.

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