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How To Be Prepared For A Dental Emergency

Everyone hopes they will never find themselves in any sort of situation requiring emergency assistance, but knowing what to do is an important life and tooth saving tool.  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has a few tips if you happen to find yourself in a dental emergency:

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When a Baby Tooth is knocked out: Immediately contact your child’s dentist.  Because of the potential for damage to permanent teeth, a baby tooth should never be replanted.

When a permanent tooth is knocked out:  Find the tooth and gently rise it in cool water – never scrub or clean with soap, then replace the tooth in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze or a wash cloth.

  • If you cannot replace the tooth in the socket, place the tooth in a container of cold milk, saliva, or water.
  • Contact your pediatric dentist immediately, and seek their services. The faster you act, the greater the likelihood of saving the tooth.

When a tooth is chipped: Contact your children’s dentist immediately, quick action can save the tooth, reduces the need for extensive treatment, and prevents infection.

  • Rise the mouth with water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling (if the lip was injured).
  • Place any tooth fragments into cold milk or water.

Dental injuries can be prevented by following these simple suggestions.  

  • Children participating in sports should always wear a mouth guard and other protective gear.
  • Always use seat belts and car seats.
  • Child-proof your home to reduce the risk of fall and electrical injuries.
  • Schedule regular check-ups with your family dentist.

All Services provided by Mississippi licensed general dentists.

 

Baby Tooth Decay…It’s Possible And Preventable

Baby teeth may be temporary, but the care you give them can have long lasting effects. Baby teeth are considered place holders for adult teeth. If they are lost early, it can lead to future spacing issues of permanent teeth. In addition, early tooth loss due to decay can lead to poor eating habits, speech problems, crooked teeth and can even damage future adult teeth. Taking preventative measures early on is key to a lifetime of good dental health.

BABY BOTTLE TOOTH DECAY

Believe it or not, letting your baby go to sleep with a bottle of milk or juice can cause decay. This is known as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. The frequent and prolonged exposure of drinks that contain sugar, including baby formula and milk, leads to decay. Why? Because during sleep less saliva is produced and these liquids are able to sit on your baby’s gums and teeth as they sleep. Bacteria in the mouth feed on the sugar and produce acid that attacks the teeth.

  • Avoid giving your baby milk or juice at bedtime. Use water or a pacifier as good alternatives.  Also, avoid dipping the pacifier in sugar or honey.
  • Avoid sugary drinks in general and limit juice and other beverages to mealtimes instead of allowing your baby to have bottles or sippy cups throughout the day.
  • Transition to a drinking cup as soon as your child is able. Drinking from a cup is less likely to cause liquid to collect around teeth.

BACTERIA PASSED FROM MOM

Tooth decay can begin with cavity-causing bacteria being passed from the mother (or primary caregiver) to the infant. Because bacteria can be transferred through saliva, there are some things that mom’s and caregivers should be careful not to do.

  • Avoid sharing anything that would transfer saliva including cups, spoons, toothbrushes, etc.
  • Do not clean a pacifier with your mouth.

ORAL HYGIENE FOR BABIES

Even before the first tooth erupts, you can begin practicing good oral hygiene on your baby’s mouth to ward off any attacks on their future teeth.

  • Gently wipe down your baby’s gums at least twice a day with a soft, damp washcloth. This will keep bacteria from clinging to your baby’s gums, which can damage their baby teeth as they come in.
  • When the first baby teeth start to come in, you can begin to use a toothbrush and water to clean the teeth. Make sure to use a soft brush with a small head and large handle. Brush gently around the teeth, including the front and back.
  • Schedule an appointment with a family dentist when your baby’s first tooth comes in.
  • At about age 1, you can begin using a pea-sized amount of a non-fluoridated toothpaste. Wait to use fluoride toothpaste until your child is at least 2 years old.
  • Brush your baby’s teeth until he or she is old enough to hold the brush. Continue to supervise the process until your child can rinse and spit without assistance.

 

Happy Smiles Dentists are MS Licensed General Dentists