A tooth being knocked out is an accident most people are susceptible to, and with proper first aid the likelihood of the dentist of being able to save the tooth is strong. Contact our office immediately, and handle the knocked out tooth very gently, avoiding the roots. If it is dirty, rinse it in water, but avoid soap or cleaning agents, and do not scrub or brush it. Place the tooth in a special solution such as Save-A-Tooth, or milk for transport to the dentist. Do NOT store in tap water. Time is of the essence, and the sooner a dentist can re-insert the tooth into its socket, the better.
Ideally, the teeth should be cleaned after every meal, to remove food particles that may be lodged the teeth and gums. Also, beverages such as sodas and sports drinks leave an acidic residue on teeth that eats away at enamel, your tooth's hard, protective coating, so it is best to clean your teeth after consuming these products as well.
Under normal circumstances, patients should visit the dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and examination. Our staff can clean the hard-to-reach places that sometimes elude toothbrushes. Also, only a professional cleaning can remove harmful material such as calculus, hardened plaque that can not be removed through regular brushing. Timely visits also help ensure that any problems are caught in the developmental stage and complex procedures are avoided.
Flossing is a key to oral health, since it helps remove food from between the teeth and gums, where a toothbrush typically can not reach. By keeping these areas clean, your family will keep their gums healthy and firm, and avoid diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis, which can lead to the loosening, and eventually, loss, of teeth.
To help make an accurate diagnosis, our doctors may have an x-ray taken to help determine the nature or extant of a dental disease or condition. Armed with the knowledge an x-ray provides, she can provide a more effective treatment, in a more efficient manner, than without an x-ray. If the doctor recommends an x-ray, it is entirely for your benefit.