What to Do if Your Child Knocks Out a Tooth

If your child falls off a bike or gets hit in the face with a ball and knocks out a tooth, it is important to act quickly and take the right steps. This could be the difference between the tooth being able to be reattached or not being able to be reattached. Unfortunately, I found myself in this situation and wasn't really sure what to do. I ended up taking my son to an emergency dentist, but it was too late and the tooth could not be reattached. I wanted to ensure this didn't happen to other parents and children, or to me again, so I created this website. If you have children, this is great information to know before you find yourself in this situation.

Do All Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed?

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Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the teeth farthest back in the back of your mouth. Not everyone gets wisdom teeth or the same amount. You may get one, two, three, or all four wisdom teeth. While many people choose to get them removed due to a variety of reasons, it is not necessarily mandatory in all cases. Here is what you should know about wisdom teeth and whether or not they need to be removed.

Some Wisdom Teeth Grow in Crooked

A big reason why you might need to have your wisdom teeth removed is if they grow in crooked. They might have grown in pointing directly at your other molars, which can cause pressure against these teeth. Over time, they will start causing your other teeth to shift, which causes pain and headaches, and eventually will cause your teeth to move out of alignment. In this case, it is best to remove them.

They Get Infected Easily

Because the wisdom teeth are so far back in your mouth, it is more difficult to reach them with a toothbrush, let alone dental floss. For this reason, bacteria grows at a rapid pace, which can turn into tooth decay. Most dentists don't bother doing a root canal on a wisdom tooth, instead opting to remove it. You don't need these teeth, so there is no reason to try saving them. If you get an infection from the tooth decay, you will need to have them removed.

They Lead to Jaw and Sinus Problems

If you notice that your jaw or sinuses are suddenly giving you problems, your wisdom teeth might be to blame. It's possible for cysts to form around your wisdom teeth. Without proper treatment, these can affect your nerves and actually hollow out your jaw. They can also put pressure on your sinuses, leading to congestion and pain. In both cases, you will need to get your wisdom teeth removed.

How to Prevent Wisdom Teeth Extraction

There may not be much you can do to avoid getting your wisdom teeth taken out if they are pushing against your other tooth or grow in impacted. However, in some cases, preventing cavities or infection with good oral hygiene can prevent having to remove them. As soon as you notice your wisdom teeth have started to erupt through your gums, begin brushing them. Brush gently over your gums and more vigorously when the tooth has erupted completely. They are hard to reach, so this might take some practice getting the toothbrush and floss at the right angle.

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9 February 2015