Summer is officially in full swing this week and with summer comes an increase in outdoor physical activities and an increase in possible dental traumas. Kids typically will wear mouth guards when required to when playing organized contact sports such as baseball, basketball, football, field hockey, and soccer but many injuries occur when playing unorganized sports such as riding a bike, jumping on a trampoline, roller skating, skate boarding, or diving in a pool. If a permanent tooth is knocked out, the absolute best treatment is immediate replantation at the site. The tooth should be rinsed off thoroughly and put right back into the socket and held there until the child can be immediately seen by a dentist. Evidence overwhelming shows that if a tooth gets replanted immediately there is a great likelihood of successful reattachment. If the tooth can’t be put back into the socket, then it should be placed in milk and the child should be seen by a dentist asap. Hope everyone’s summer is fun and safe.
June 27, 2011
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