DENTAL HEALTH UPDATE by Andrew Biffen DMD

A TOTAL KNOCKOUT

While more than five million children’s and adult’s teeth are knocked out annually due to injury or accident, it is possible to replant these teeth if you know what to do. The first tooth-saving step is to quickly pick up the knocked-out (“avulsed”) tooth by the crown (chewing surface), not the root. Gently rinse it off under a stream of tap water. Do not scrub or use soap or chemicals. Then, place the tooth back in its socket, gently holding it by the crown. Slowly push it into place and hold it there. While it is possible to save a tooth that has been outside the mouth for an hour or more, it is best to contact a dentist immediately.

We’ll do all we can to help you not only keep your teeth, but to keep them healthy and strong and smiling their brightest. Our philosophy is not only to treat dental needs, but more importantly, to educate our patients about preventing future problems from occurring and how deal with them when they do. When you are looking for state-of-the-art, personalized dentistry from people who really care, welcome to our office.

P.S. If it is not possible to reposition a knocked-out tooth in its socket, place it is a glass of water or milk and immediately call the dentist.

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