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.

Cleaning Options For Patients With Periodontal Disease

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Periodontal disease can have several symptoms such as gums that are slightly swollen, red or sore. In some cases, you may notice a small amount of blood when you brush or floss your teeth. When any of these symptoms occur, you need to visit your dentist for a routine exam.

Routine Cleanings

The problem that you can face, even with good daily oral care, is that once tartar starts to build up on your teeth, you cannot remove it. The bristles of an average toothbrush are not abrasive enough to remove the tartar from your enamel.

However, the tools that a dentist uses are sharp enough to scrape plaque and tartar from your teeth effectively. Their tools allow them to clean around your gum line and in between your teeth to find trapped particles that will make the gum disease worse. The longer you go in between cleanings, the higher your chance is to develop complications such as tooth decay and infections.

On the bright side, these routine cleanings will remove the tartar from your mouth, and your gums will have the opportunity to heal. Even though it will take some time, the effects of the gum disease will reverse naturally with some help from your dentist.

Additional Gum Cleaning Options

If you gum disease is a little more advanced, and you have multiple symptoms, the dentist will generally recommend other types of cleaning to help deal with your problem.

Subgingival cleaning is a less invasive option for removing tartar buildup. With this type of cleaning, the dentist uses a scaling tool to reach the buildup directly underneath the edge your gums. This process may be slightly uncomfortable, but it is essential for the dentist to reach the tartar and plaque that is collecting in small pockets directly under the edge of your gums.

Another cleaning method is root scaling, which involves removing the plaque and tartar from the gum line all the way to the root of each tooth. Since this process can be uncomfortable, many dentists will use a local anesthetic to numb your mouth. This cleaning method is useful in preventing your gum disease from becoming much worse.

When you are experience pain along your gum line, it is important to see a dentist. The cause of your discomfort may be some type of gum disease, which you need to treat immediately. Luckily, with the help of a dentist and their services, you should be able to remedy your gum disease issue.


8 June 2015