Ideally, you should pick up the tooth by the crown (top) of the tooth, rinse it and gently place the tooth back in the socket. Hold the tooth in place with gauze and take the child immediately to the dentist. However, most parents would find this very difficult to accomplish. Have the child bite on a piece of clean gauze or a washcloth and place the rinsed tooth in milk and head for the dentist. Above all, remain calm and try to keep your child calm too.
Did you know that bubblegum can actually prevent cavities? As long as its sugar free and contains Xylitol. Xylitol is a sweetener made from the bark of birch trees and stimulates your mouth to create saliva – your body’s best defense against cavity causing bacteria.
People who have been on medication for a long time often have a much higher rate of tooth decay. Have you ever wondered why?
Well, it’s because medications such as cough syrup, cough drops, throat lozenges, vitamins and antibiotic syrups can contain anywhere from 10% – 75% sugar, especially children’s formulas! If that sugar is allowed to stay on your teeth, it could do a lot of cavity damage.
So check the label, and try to avoid buying sugary medicine when possible. It might not taste as nice, but your teeth will thank you!
Did you know that there are more than 200 types of bacteria that live in your mouth? Many of these bacteria multiply in the presence of sugar and can attack your teeth and cause cavities. But other, more harmful bacteria live there, too. They use your mouth as a breeding ground, before heading off to attack other parts of your body.
By keeping your teeth and gums healthy and coming in for regular cleanings, you can prevent heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, premature births and some forms of cancer that are caused by bacteria living in your mouth.