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.

The Non-Dental Consequences Of Teeth Loss

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If you lose a tooth or several teeth, you need to consult your dentist fast and have it replaced. This should be the case even if you don't consider a missing tooth to be a serious problem. After all, effects of teeth loss aren't merely dental; they include health and cosmetic issues, among others. Here are three examples of non-dental effects of teeth loss:

Depression and Anxiety

According to Cosmetic Dentists News, a researcher from West Virginia University has confirmed a link between tooth loss and depression and anxiety. What is more, the problem is cyclic; teeth loss can lead to anxiety, and anxiety can contribute to teeth loss.

For example, losing your teeth may make you self-conscious and reduce your self-esteem; in their extremes, they may lead to depression and anxiety. At the same time, you are less likely to take care of your dental hygiene and health if you are depressed. This lack of self-care may cause dental problems, such as decay, which may lead to teeth loss.

Poor Nutrition

Teeth loss may also lead to poor nutrition, which may, in turn, compromise your general health (including your immunity). Missing multiple teeth makes it difficult to eat certain types of food. This may make you selective about the types of food you eat, which may deny you access to some nutrients or vitamins.

For example, if you can't chew food properly, you may restrict yourself to soft foods, such as dairy products and eggs. At the same time, you may forgo hard foods, such as apples. This is likely to lead to poor nutrition, especially if you don't have the nutritional knowledge or money to balance your diet or make sure that all your soft foods provide you with all the nutrients you need.

Changes in Facial Appearance

Missing teeth may even alter your facial appearance. If you lose your teeth, you will also start losing your jawbone, which you need to maintain your facial symmetry. Be prepared for facial changes, such as increases in facial wrinkles and sunken cheeks, once the jawbone starts to disappear. In fact, it may even affect your nose's and chin's appearances. The overall effect may be a distorted facial appearance, which may not be pleasing to you.

Therefore, don't ignore a missing tooth; even if you don't have a problem with it now, it will create problems for you in the (near) future. The good news is that dental implants, which have a success rate of up to 98%, easily replace missing teeth and prevent the consequences described above. Talk to a dentist, like those at Penticton Dental Centre, to learn more.

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9 February 2016