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.

4 Things You Need To Know About Eosinophilic Ulcers

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Eosinophilic ulcers are chronic lesions that affect the soft tissues inside the mouth. Here are four things you need to know about eosinophilic ulcers.

What are the signs of eosinophilic ulcers?

If you develop an eosinophilic ulcer, you'll notice a slightly red, hardened lesion on your tongue, gums, insides of your cheeks or on any of the other soft tissues inside your mouth. This lesion will quickly become an ulcer, an open sore that doesn't heal.

Eosinophilic ulcers are round with elevated borders, and they may be painful. Sometimes, more than one ulcer will be present in the area.

If a painful lesion develops inside your mouth, make sure to tell your dentist right away. 

What causes them?

Eosinophilic ulcers are thought to form in response to trauma. Your oral tissues can suffer trauma in a wide variety of ways. For example, eating hard or sharp foods can damage your tissues, as can accidentally biting your cheek or tongue. Sharp edges of dental appliances like braces or bridges can damage nearby tissue.

How are they treated?

These ulcers aren't dangerous but they can look very similar to conditions that are serious, like oral cancer or infections. Diagnostic testing is difficult because even under a microscope, these ulcers look similar to cancers like low-grade lymphoma. This makes it very hard for your dentist to correctly identify your ulcers.

Since eosinophilic ulcers are so easily mistaken for serious conditions, the main treatment method is surgical excision. The ulcers will be carefully cut away with a scalpel or laser, and a margin of surrounding healthy cells will also be removed. This may seem excessive, but due to the difficulty in diagnosing these ulcers, dentists need to treat them as if they are cancerous.

After your surgery, your dentist will want to monitor you on a regular basis to make sure that the ulcers don't return.

Are eosinophilic ulcers common?

Eosinophilic ulcers are not reported very often in medical literature, so their exact prevalence isn't known. They are reportedly not uncommon, though more research is required to confirm a precise prevalence rate.

These ulcers appear to affect males and females equally. The average age of a patient with this condition is 46 years, though eosinophilic ulcers have been reported in people of all ages, ranging from babies to the elderly.

If you notice painful ulcers inside your mouth, bring them to your dentist's attention at your next dental cleaning appointment or sooner if possible.

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17 September 2015