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.

Proper Care And Cleaning Of Dentures: How To Stave Off Mouth Infections

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Dentures take some getting used to. If you are new at wearing dentures, be sure you take care of them properly so you don't find yourself with a denture-related mouth infection. Here are some common mouth infections denture users get, and how to avoid them. Then there are some basic care and cleaning suggestions for your dentures and your mouth.

Common Mouth Infections

The following are infections that can be caused by poor care of the mouth and dentures. 

  • Denture Stomatitis. Otherwise known as thrush, this is a fungal yeast infection manifested by a white, slightly furry covering of the tongue and mouth. Many people have thrush even without dentures, but the problem often comes to those who do not have clean mouths. Fungus can grow where old food and moisture meet, and the mouth underneath and around dentures is a perfect space for it to thrive. Good oral hygiene and denture cleaning will help combat this problem.
  • Cheilitis. Also caused by yeast, cheilitis is a painful and irritating infection. Those who wear dentures that do not fit properly tend to keep saliva in pockets of their mouths, and this moisture facilitates yeast. Cheilitis causes discomfort in corners of the mouth. Be sure to have your dentist regularly check your dentures to make sure they fit properly in your mouth.
  • Denture Irritation Hyperplasia. This mouth infection causes lesions brought on by chronic injury of the tissue that is in direct contact with the denture border. This infection often affects corners of the mouth. Once again, make sure your dentures fit correctly. Ill-fitting dentures can lead to a host of problematic and painful infections.

Cleaning Dentures

Use a good denture cleaner and soak your dentures in it each night. Clean your dentures each day with a soft-bristled brush. If you do not do this, germs and bacteria will build up on them, causing infections that could easily be prevented. Rinse off dentures with water before putting them in your mouth, and never use any cleansers other than those meant for dentures.

When you handle your dentures, do so carefully, preferably over a sink of water or a towel, so that in case you drop them, they will not land on a hard surface. Do not allow anyone besides you or your dentist to handle your dentures. Keep them away from children and pets.

Clean your mouth out every day. You should clean your mouth after every meal, but if not at least in the morning and at night. With a soft-bristle brush, gently scrub your gums, tongue and the top of your mouth. It never hurts to use a tongue scraper, especially if you are prone to thrush.

Properly clean your mouth and dentures, and visit your denturist like one from Pacific Denture Clinic if any irritations occur due to your dentures. Take care of the problem before it becomes worse and much more painful.

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4 March 2015