Thursday, September 23, 2010

Knocked Out Teeth


What to do when a tooth falls during an accident?
Dentists refer to a knocked out tooth as Avulsed tooth. This is one of the most serious dental emergencies. If you act quickly, there is a great chance of saving that tooth. Just follow few instructions and immediately refer a dentist.

  • Hold the tooth by the crown, never by the root.
  • Wash the tooth by running water or saline.
  • Do not brush the tooth or apply any chemicals
  • Replace the tooth in the socket as soon as possible.
  • Another option is to store the tooth in milk, saline, saliva or water.
  • Recently an avulsed tooth (Save-A-Tooth) preserving system is available that contains Hank’s Balanced Salt Solution.
  • Immediately refer to a nearby dentist.
For knocked out permanent teeth, the sooner the tooth is put back in its socket, the better its chances. The best chance for survival occurs if the tooth is reimplanted within 30 minutes. Once implanted, the tooth must be stabilized using the techniques just described for 2-4 weeks.

      Friday, September 3, 2010

      Tooth Erosion

      Tooth erosion is the wearing away of tooth enamel by acid. The enamel is the hard calcified tissue that covers and protects the outside of the tooth. It is the hardest substance in our bodies.
      The saliva in our mouth contains calcium which helps to strengthen and remineralize the teeth, however, remineralization can not occur when a great deal of acid is present.
      The high amount of acids in the food and drink that you consume can cause tooth erosion. Soft drinks and pure fruit juices contain a high amount of acid.
      Tooth erosion can also be caused by medical factors such as a decrease in saliva, acid reflux disease, certain gastrointestinal conditions and the eating disorder.

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