Knowing how to handle your child’s dental emergency can mean the difference between saving or losing a tooth. We recommend the following tips on what to do for your child in case of:
Knocked-Out Tooth: If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently in running water. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. Gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If this is not possible, place the tooth in a cup of cool milk. Go to your dentist with the knocked-out tooth immediately (within 20 minutes if possible). Use the ADA-accepted tooth preservation kit to keep knocked out teeth if available.
Toothache: Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it and use dental floss to remove any food that might be trapped between the teeth. Do no place aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues and see your dentist as soon as possible.
First mouthguards used in Boxing
Mouthguards were made out of cotton, tape, sponge, or small pieces of wood. The boxers had to clench to keep these in.
1892 – A British Denits, Dr. Woolf Krause, used a natural rubber resin, gutta-percha, to protect boxers’ teeth.
1921 – Phillip Krause, Woolf’s son, created a mouthguard, called a gum shield, that could be reused.
Early 20th century – American denitst , Dr. Thomas Carlos and Dr. E. Allen Franke developed mouthguards that could be reused.
Today we have Custom-fitted, Stock, Boil and Bite
The way children care for their bodies today will have an impact on their health as adults.
Preventive dental care will improve the oral health of your children. It is possible for your child to reach adulthood without ever having tooth decay.
Take your child to see the dentist regularly, beginning by the child’s first birthday.
· Give only water to your child at naptime or bedtime.
· Start brushing as soon as the child’s first tooth appears.
· Begin flossing when two teeth begin to touch.
· Brush and floss your child’s teeth daily until they can be do it with supervision and then eventually by themself.
· Provide a balanced diet and limit snacks with sugar.
· Make certain your child gets the proper fluoride needed for decay-resistant teeth. Ask your dentist how this should be done.
· Ask your dentist about dental sealants, a thin protective barrier that shields the chewing surface of back teeth against tooth decay.
· Ask your dentist about mouth guards. They cushion blows that might otherwise cause broken teeth, injuries to the lips and face, and sometimes-even jaw fractures.
Good oral health practices should begin in infancy and continue
throughout adult life. Attitudes and habits established at an early age are critical in maintaining good oral health throughout life.