Summer is our busiest time for wisdom teeth removal. Read more from the AAOMS, American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, on what to watch for in teens and young adults ages 17-25 when it comes to their ‘wisdom’ teeth:
Keeping active kids safe! April is National Facial Protection Month
Prevent accidents first…but, know what to do when they do occur. What if you and some friends were playing an informal game of basketball and one of your friends was struck down by a hard jab to the mouth? Could
you help? What if you were the one to fall face down, only to find you were bleeding
and had lost a tooth? Would anyone with you know basic first aid?
It is important to be prepared in case such an accident takes place. The nation’s top dental associations
including the Academy for Sports Dentistry (ASD), American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), American
Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), and
the American Dental Association (ADA), offer the following first aid tips to assist you in case an accident
Find the broken pieces, store in water or milk.
See dentist within24 hours – may be able to reattach the broken pieces of tooth.
Analgesics for pain.
See your dentist immediately.
If the tooth is extruded (hangs down) try to reposition.
Knocked out tooth
See your dentist immediately – time is essential! For best results, replantation should be done
within 5 – 10 minutes.
Upon locating the tooth, hold it by the crown (the wide part, not the pointed end/root).
Rinse the tooth but avoid rubbing it or touching the root.
Put the tooth back in its socket; cover with gauze or tissue and bite down to stabilize it. Or, briefly
store the tooth in cold milk. Alternatively, spit in a cup and place the tooth in the cup.
Do not let the tooth dry out. A tooth can usually be saved if cared for properly and reimplanted
within an hour.
Cover the wound with a clean dressing and apply pressure.
Dressing may become saturated; do not remove it. Apply more dressing and pressure.
Go to a nearby hospital for emergency assistance.
Cuts inside of the mouth
Gently rinse the mouth with cold water.
Bite on some gauze, a clean cloth or tissue and apply pressure to the wound.
Go to the closest hospital emergency department for immediate treatment.
The U-shaped lower jaw often suffers multiple breaks. An upper jaw fracture may cause visible distortion of
If teeth fit together properly when the mouth is closed:
Apply ice to control swelling and take ibuprofen or a similar remedy to control pain.
Restrict diet to soft foods and if no improvement occurs within 24 hours, seek dental care.
If teeth do not fit together properly when the mouth is closed:
Immediately seek emergency care.
Gently align the jaws.
Immobilize the jaw; wrap a cloth bandage under the chin and secure it over the head.
Apply ice to control swelling.
About National Facial Protection Month
National Facial Protection Month takes place each year during the month of April. For further information and
materials on this annual observance, visit the sponsoring associations’ Web sites at the Academy for Sports
Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial
Surgery, the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association to sponsor National
Facial Protection Month to alert the public about the important role of mouth guards, helmets and face guards
in preventing oral and facial sports related injuries.
-Courtesy of AAOMS, American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, 2019.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month
National Children’s Dental Health Month is meant to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Why is this type of celebration—and year-round attention to children’s dental health–important?
Despite the fact that it’s almost entirely preventable, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. The good news is there are safe and effective preventive measures that can protect teeth. Good oral hygiene practices such as thorough brushing with a fluoride toothpaste can help keep children from getting cavities. In addition, dental sealants and community water fluoridation are two other strategies that can help prevent tooth decay. –courtesy of National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/