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What to Do If You Knock Out A Tooth on a Diving Board

by John M. Khoury, Jr. DDS

Friday, July 01, 2011

Do you know what you should do if your child knocks out a tooth on a diving board? Always see your dentist as soon as possible but use the tips below to address common dental problems and minimize the time and cost for treatment:

Chipped or broken tooth. Rinse with warm water. Apply gauze to bleeding areas until bleeding stops. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth of cheek to prevent swelling.

Knocked-out tooth. Retrieve and rinse the root of the knocked out tooth. Do not scrub or remove any attached tissue fragments. Try to place the tooth back in place without forcing it into the socket. If it is not possible to reinsert the tooth, put it in a small container of solution purchased from a store for this purpose or milk (or a cup of water with a pinch of table salt if milk is not available). Teeth returned to their socket within one hour of being knocked out have the best chance of being saved.

Lost filling. Stick a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity or use an over the counter dental cement as a temporary measure until you can see your dentist.

Lost crown. If possible bring the crown immediately to your dentist. If necessary, use a cotton swab to apply clove oil to the sensitive area and slip the crown back over the tooth.

Injuries to tongue, cheeks, gums and lips. If bleeding, rinse mouth with warm, mild salt-water solution. Use a moist piece of gauze or tea bag to apply pressure to bleeding site. If possible apply a cold compress to prevent swelling.

Toothaches. Thoroughly rinse mouth with warm water. Use floss to remove any lodged food. Apply a cold compress to the outside of mouth of cheek if there is swelling. Do not put painkiller or aspirin against the gums near the aching tooth because it might burn the gum tissue.

Ignoring dental problems can lead to delays in treatment and increase the risk of permanent damage.

For more information call (248) 969-SMILE or visit www.OxfordSmileCenter.com Dr. Khoury supports the local community with programs such as Halloween candy buy-back, Donated Dental Services, elementary educational visits and support of school athletic programs.