Did you know that summer time is when more dentists and emergency rooms see dental emergencies and facial injuries? It should come as no surprise…after all, kids are out of school and recreational activities like soccer, baseball, and jumping on the trampoline are in full force.
Here are some of the most common emergencies you should be aware of (and what to do if one affects your family!)
Knocked Out (Avulsed) Teeth
Completely knocked out teeth can be scary. The key is to act fast. Find the tooth, rinse it off (without scrubbing it) and if possible, put it back into the socket. Hold it steady and get to your dentist’s office immediately.
Chipped or Broken Teeth
A chipped tooth may be scarier than it is painful, depending on the size of the fracture. When possible, find any tooth fragments and put them in a cup of water or milk; your dentist may be able to bond them back into place.
When something like a ball or elbow hits your mouth, your teeth can cut right into your lips. Something like this can be stitched up at either an ER or your dentist’s office.
A blow to the jaw can create reverb that leads to a concussion. Wearing a custom athletic mouthguard can help you or your child greatly reduce the chance of a concussion (not to mention lip lacerations and broken teeth) during a traumatic injury. Ask us how!
Call your dentist right away to get attentive care and fast pain relief. The quicker you get attention, the better chance you have to save your tooth and prevent a potential infection.
Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
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