Unfortunately we can’t see when an emergency is coming, that’s why they’re called an emergency. You, your kids, any of us can break a tooth at any time. Typically oral emergencies are pretty painful and should be treated by your dentist as soon as possible.
What are Dental Emergencies?
A very simple way to help your child to not have a dental emergency while playing sports is to make sure they wear a sports mouthguard. Also help your child to avoid foods that can crack or break teeth. Never chew on ice!
How to Treat A Knocked Out Tooth
You or your child’s tooth will have the best chance of surviving a trauma if you can see a dentist within one hour. Be sure to handle the tooth by the crown, the top portion and not the root, the pointed part on the bottom. Touching the root could damage the cells that are necessary to reattach the tooth to the bone.
Try to gently rinse the tooth in water and remove any dirt, do not scrub the tooth. Next place the tooth back in your or your child’s mouth between the gum and cheek, this will keep it moist. It’s very important to keep the tooth moist, so if you can’t put it back in the person’s mouth, wrap it in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse it in milk or the person’s saliva until you get to the dental office.
Our next post will discuss what you should do for a tooth that gets pushed out of position, gets chipped or if oral tissue gets damaged.