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Dental Health and Food: Learning to Eat Better

My intense love for candy, cakes, and everything in between started as a child. I simply couldn't go one day without something sweet to eat. But my love for all things sweet took a toll on my teeth. My dentist diagnosed me with seven cavities, each one a different size and depth. After sitting through four long dental appointments, I decided to make a change. I now monitor my diet and only eat things that benefit my oral health. I'm here to help you take better care of your teeth. My blog offers tips on how to improve your diet, maintain good oral hygiene, and many other topics. Hopefully, you can learn to overcome your bad habits just as I did. Good luck with your future dental health.


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Lost A Tooth? Don't Panic—Take Action Instead

by Eric Bailey

Although your teeth are made of some very hard materials, your gums are not. That means a quick blow while playing sports could knock out a tooth. A lost tooth does not necessarily mean you will sport a gap in your smile, though, because there is much you can do to save the tooth so that it can be reinserted. Follow the below instructions and be a tooth-saver.

Locate the Tooth—Try to find the tooth. While dental implants and other means of replacing teeth are marvelous inventions, your natural teeth are always the best way to go. When you do find the tooth, be careful how you pick it up. Avoid touching the roots of the tooth and try to gently grasp it by the top part, the crown of the tooth. The roots must live if the tooth is to be successfully reinserted.

Call Your Dentist or Any Emergency Dentist—Let them know what happened and that you are on your way. They may also provide you with instructions for keeping the tooth safe.

Get the Tooth Ready to Go—Your tooth might be covered with dirt and other less than wonderful things so washing it gently should be attempted. Never use any soap, toothpaste, or other cleansers on your tooth. Hold it under a gently running tap so that it can be rinsed with cool water. Make the exposure to the tap water brief. Bottled water may also be used. Do not dry the tooth after rinsing it and do not wrap the tooth in a tissue or towel. Those items can leach the moisture from the tooth and damage it.

Reinsert the Tooth—If possible, try to place the tooth back into the socket where it belongs. However, don't force it, and never do this with a young child or an elderly person who could lose the tooth and choke on it. If you can reinsert it, gently hold it in place as much as possible.

Transport It Separately—If you cannot reinsert the tooth, you can still carry it safely to the dentist by resting the tooth in milk. Other ideas include using special tooth preservation kits available from most pharmacies. These kits include something to keep the tooth moist along with a small case to safely store the tooth in. One other option is to keep the tooth in your cheek while you head to the dentist but only do this if you are sure you won't accidentally swallow it or choke on it.

Seeing your dentist quickly and properly preserving your lost tooth are the keys to ensuring that your tooth can be successfully reinserted.

For more information on dental emergencies, contact your dentist.