What To Do If You Lose A Tooth: Information You Need To Know

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In your daily life, you likely do not give much thought to your teeth other than to brush and floss them twice a day. However, when your teeth become an issue or suffer an injury, they suddenly become all you can think about until the issue is resolved. And no dental issue will likely be more distressing to you than an accident or incident that causes you to lose a tooth completely. In order to know how to properly handle such a dental emergency, there are a few factors you need to keep in mind that will help you. The more information you have, the better you can handle the situation if it ever affects you.

Keep The Area Of Your Mouth Moist and As Clean As Possible

One of the first things you will need to do when you suffer an injury to your mouth, is (of course) to tend to your injuries. This means trying to clean up your mouth as much as possible after you lose the tooth.

Try to dab off any blood from the affected area. You will also want to flush your mouth out with clean water. And, continue to keep the area moist until you can get to an emergency dentist. If the area dries out, your dentist may not be able to reattach the tooth as the tissue in your mouth could be damaged or deadened.

Try to Find and Keep the Tooth

Of course, when you are in an accident that knocks out your tooth, there is a chance that you will not be able to find the tooth you have lost. However, if you are lucky enough to do so, you will want to hold onto that tooth.

When you pick up the tooth, do not touch the root of the tooth if you can help it (the stringy part in the middle of the tooth). You will need to keep the tooth in moist conditions to keep it viable. This can be inside your mouth between your gums and cheek or even in a glass of milk. However, you will not want to leave the tooth in such locations for a long period of time. As such, you will want to grab the tooth, place it in your mouth or a glass of milk, and head to an emergency dentist as quickly as possible.

Now that you know the steps to take if and when you lose a tooth, you can act accordingly and may be able to save your tooth in the process.

For professional dental services, contact a dentist such as Peak Family Dentistry & Orthodontics.


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