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.

What You Need To Know About Your Braces And Discolored Teeth

Dentist Blog

Many people get braces. Braces are a great way to correct overbites, crooked teeth and problems with your mouth. However, if you are not careful, you can get discoloration and white spots on the teeth after you have had braces. This is why understanding what these white spots are and treating them as soon as possible is one of the best things you can do. Here is what you need to know about caring for your teeth with braces.

What Are The White Spots and Discoloration?

Those white spots are pockets of decalcified teeth. They come as bacterium stuck on the teeth for a long period of time. Yellow and browned teeth are where there has been acid that has been on the teeth for too long. Some of the things that cause this acid are coffee, soda, sugar, and other dye colored foods and drinks.

When you have braces, you generally notice the discoloration will come in spots. This is because the part that the brace is on will be protected, so you won't get any discoloration there. This is why many people don't notice the problem until after they get their braces off.

Can You Prevent This Discoloration?

Yes! The best way to care for your teeth is to prevent this discoloration from happening in the first place. Luckily, the prevention is very simple: keep your teeth clean! Many people fail to properly brush and care for their teeth while they have braces. This is very dangerous and can easily become a problem.

You should be brushing your teeth after every meal, avoiding snacking throughout the day, and drinking soda and dye colored drinks through a straw. If you don't care for your teeth, you can expect to see discoloration after the braces have been taken off.

Can You Correct The White Spots After They Happen?

Sadly, it is much harder to correct the problem than prevent it. That is why your dentist will tell you to keep your teeth clean! However, if you still get spots around your teeth, you can get laser teeth whitening. Normal teeth whitening may not work very well, but a laser has been known to help some people. You can also try using toothpastes that have whitening in them, and do your best to break up the plaque on the teeth.

By understanding what discoloration on your teeth is and how to prevent it, you can keep your teeth looking beautiful. 


19 March 2015