Children and mouth injuries

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Children and mouth injuries

Postby julia.sadie » Mon May 17, 2010 1:25 pm

Children who are active in sports are also vulnerable to mouth injuries, especially if they do not wear mouth guards. In such cases, it is important to know the steps to take in case a dentist cannot be reached right away.

For a fractured jaw:

* Close your mouth and secure the jaw with a necktie, towel, or scarf tied around your head and chin.
* Hold an ice pack against the fractured bone.

For a broken or loose tooth:

* Apply a cold compress to the area to reduce swelling.
* Save any broken tooth fragments. Put them in a jar with milk or wrap them in a wet cloth.
* Take them to the dentist.

If your tooth has been knocked out:

* Rinse the tooth with clear water.
* If possible (and if you’re alert), gently put it back in the socket or hold it under your tongue. Otherwise, put the tooth in a jar with milk or wrap in a wet cloth.
* If the gum is bleeding, hold a gauze pad, a clear handkerchief, or a tissue tightly in place over the wound.
* Try to get to a dentist within 30 minutes of the accident.


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