TOOTH INJURIES- DO’S AND DONT’S

Parents and kids in Ranchi are already gearing up for, summer camps and all the sports activities that this season brings. With this increase in outside activities, dental clinics in Ranchi, generally see an increase in the number of kids that visit with sports-related dental trauma.

Accidents happen–that is for sure–even with all of the right precautions in place. Wearing a mouth guard (easily fabricated at Narnoly’s Complete Dental Care, Ranchi) while playing football is essential but it won’t protect your child’s teeth from a flying helmet after the game is over and the players are messing around.

Sports injuries, mishaps at home, playground accidents and auto collisions are among the more common causes of dental trauma.

Some dental problems need to be treated as soon as possible, while others can wait a few days. Do you know which is which?

Here are some basic guidelines:

First and foremost is the health of the child, if a jaw or head injury is suspected, an emergency room visit is warranted.

If a permanent tooth is chipped or broken:

• If possible, gather all the pieces of the tooth
• Rinse the mouth with warm water
• Apply a cold compress to the injured area (reduces swelling and lessens pain)
• See your dentist immediately.

If a permanent tooth is knocked out there is the possibility that it can be re-implanted successfully if handled quickly and correctly:

• Handle the tooth only by the crown (white portion)
• Do not let the tooth dry out
• Do not worry about dirt or blood, and do not scrub the tooth as this can remove cells from the surface of the tooth.
• If possible, reinsert the tooth in the socket. Have your child bite down on a piece of gauze to hold the tooth in place until you reach the dentist
• If the tooth cannot be reinserted in the socket place it in milk. The chemical makeup of milk is compatible with teeth and will help keep the cells in the tooth alive.

Do not place the tooth in water as the chlorine in water may damage the tooth root.

• If milk is not available the next best option is to place the tooth inside the mouth between the cheek and lower gum.
• See a Pediatric dentist/ Pedodontist, within thirty minutes after the trauma occurs for the best chance of successfully re-implanting the tooth.

Injuries to baby teeth are handled differently than injuries to the permanent teeth found in older children:

• Baby teeth that are knocked out cannot be replaced and do not need to be placed back in the socket.
• If there is bleeding, apply a cold compress to the injury site and apply pressure. In small children the frenum (small fold of tissue inside the upper lip) tears easily and can bleed quite a bit. However, this area also heals very quickly.
• A popsicle can help reduce swelling and lessen pain.
• Contact your Pediatric dentist/ kid’s teeth specialist in Ranchi as soon as possible to discuss your child’s injury and treatment.

If you have a dental injury, be sure to get treatment when it’s needed. At Narnoly’s Complete Dental Care, Ranchi, the best dentists and a dental team has the ability to restore a damaged smile, which is one of the best things about modern dentistry.

And don’t hesitate to ask us any questions that you might have about the prevention and care of dental traumas, or any other issue related to optimal oral health care for your children.

FIRST TOOTH, FIRST BIRTHDAY, FIRST DENTAL VISIT

Did you know that cavities are caused by germs that are passed from adult to child?

Babies are born without the bacteria, that causes, caries- the disease that leads to cavities. They get it from spit that is passed from their caregiver’s mouth to their own. These germs are passed on via saliva- by sharing spoons, by testing foods before feeding it to babies, by cleaning off a pacifier in their mouth instead of water, and through other activities like kissing.

These germs can start the process that causes cavities even before babies have teeth, so it’s important to avoid sharing saliva with your baby right from the start.

See below for more tips on how to keep your baby- and your baby’s teeth healthy and happy.

Tips for You/ Caregiver:

  • Eat healthy foods to reduce the cavity-causing germs in your mouth.
  • Use a tooth paste that contains fluoride.
  • Do not put anything in your baby’s mouth that has been in your mouth including spoons or a toothbrush, do not blow on your baby’s food.
  • Do not use your spit to clean your baby’s pacifier – use water instead.
  • If you have bleeding gums or cavities, you should visit your dentist as soon as possible.

Tips for your Baby:

  • Before your baby’s first tooth is visible in the mouth, wipe the mouth/ gums everyday with a soft, moist washcloth. As soon as tooth becomes visible in the mouth, brush the teeth with a small soft bristle toothbrush, with a pea-sized smear of fluoride-containing toothpaste.
  • Encourage your baby to spit out the toothpaste.
  • You should brush your child’s teeth at least twice each day – once in the morning and once at night. Remember, the most important time to brush your baby’s teeth is right before bedtime.
  • Talk to your baby’s pediatrician or pediatric dentist about the right amount of fluoride for your baby. Ask, if your child should be brushing with toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • Avoid sticky foods and unhealthy snacks like candy, soda or juice in between meals. Instead, give your baby healthy snacks like cheese, yogurt or fruit. Only give your baby treats or juice at meal times.
  • Do not use bottle filled with milk or juice to soothe the baby to sleep. Also avoid having the baby sleep with a bottle filled with milk or juice as the natural sugars in these liquids will get changed to acid, which will rot or decay the teeth and lead to dental infection and pain.
  • Do not give your baby juice until he is 6 months old. Do not give your baby more than 4-6 ounces of juice per day.
  • If you see white spots developing on your baby’s teeth, then take your baby to a pediatric dentist right away as they are the first sign of a dental cavity.
  • Schedule your baby’s first dental visit with a pediatric dentist when she is one year old. Pediatric dentists have additional training beyond dental school, working with babies and young children. Remember – first tooth, first birthday, first dental visit!

“Prevention is better than cure”

“Prevention is better than cure

Deep crevices in our teeth are excellent hiding places for bacteria that cause cavities.  To protect your teeth from cavities forming and causing pain, dental sealants can be very beneficial. Sealants are added protection for your teeth in the fight against cavity-causing bacteria.

What Does a Sealant Do?

We all have bacteria in our mouths, but when food particles are left sitting in these deep crevices, that bacteria can be damaging. As bacteria consume leftover food particles, an acid is produced which eats away at the enamel of your teeth, forming holes, or cavities. Sealants are a protective coating that is bonded to the chewing surfaces of premolars and molars, where deep, hard-to-clean crevices are most prevalent. They provide a thin, “raincoat” type of protection over your enamel, which helps reduce tooth decay.

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