Recent reports have stated that a Sydney man lost his tooth after he was allegedly glassed by a woman on the dance floor of a local pub! Tooth loss can have devastating effects on your oral health and can lead to extensive and expensive dental work down the track.
If you or a loved one ever experiences tooth loss as a result of an accident, follow these tips to ensure your tooth has a chance of being saved.
- Immediately call your dentist for an emergency appointment. Getting to a dentist within 30 minutes can make the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
- Handle the tooth by the crown- not the root. Touching the root (the part of the tooth below the gum) can damage cells necessary for bone reattachment.
- Gently rinse the tooth in water to remove dirt. Do not scrub.
- Place the clean tooth in your mouth between the cheek and the gum to keep it moist- it is important not to let the tooth dry out.
- If it is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth of the injured person, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse in milk.