It Is Summertime!

July 08, 2014 | Posted in Education

It is finally summertime and the weather is hot.  Which means we are more active and many of us are enjoying our holidays.  Accidents happen…  an elbow, a fall or a ball in the face.  Anything can happen which can cause a dental emergency.
 
Trauma to the mouth can cause a badly bitten tongue or lip, a broken or chipped tooth and even a knocked out tooth.  When is it necessary or more importantly how fast do you need to see a dentist?
 
When in doubt always call your dentist and explain the injury.  A bitten tongue or lip may only need a bit or pressure applied to stop bleeding or ice applied to reduce swelling.  A broken tooth may be repaired with a white filling but a more serious break may need a root canal and crown. 
 
A knocked out tooth always needs immediate attention.  See your dentist right away.  Your dentist may be able to put it back in the mouth.  The best prognosis is a tooth placed in the mouth within ten minutes and after 2 hours the prognosis is poor.  When the tooth is knocked out, if it looks clean put it back in the socket.  If this is not possible or there is a chance it will be swallowed, put the tooth in a container of cold milk. 
 
Talk to your dentist at the Rideau Dental Centre about protecting your teeth during any sport activities.  Prevention is always best.  Call us at 613-230-7475.