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Get Off The Hook: How To Prevent Mouth Injuries

man holding injured mouthTooth fractures can range from mild (chipping of the external tooth layers) to serious (horizontal, diagonal, or vertical fractures of the root). Dentin and enamel are considered two external guarding layers of the tooth. However, our teeth are not immune to injuries, even when we are careful.

Wear and tear caused by chewing hard objects like hard candies, nuts, ice cubes, and pencils may also result in tooth fractures. A severe fracture exposes the pulp tissue and the dentin. If a tooth is loose or displaced, the gums are more likely to bleed as a result. Due to the significant pain and risks these symptoms can cause, severe fractures must be treated as soon as possible.

Tending to Mouth Injuries

In order to detect, spot, and evaluate the extent of tooth fracture, dental X-rays play a vital role in most cases.

Trauma to the teeth or mouth may be caused by direct impact. For instance, falls from playing sports like hockey or being involved in an automobile accident can contribute to mouth injuries. Such trauma may consist of memory lapse, earache and headache, dizziness, fracture of the jaw and/or skull, concussion and/or disorientation.

Due to this, many hospitals have oral surgeons on call to treat fractures of the lower and upper jaw. These surgeons can also execute emergency tooth extractions and reconstruction of the dental arches.

Dental injury without neck or head trauma can be assessed and treated in a dentist’s clinic. These dental injuries include fractured, broken, or displaced teeth caused by unexpected external forces.

Such dental accidents might be linked with swelling of the gums. Ice cubes and cold packs can minimize the swelling and pain before the patient reaches his/her dentist.

Facts about Dental Injury:

  • Deeper fractures could involve the dentin and the enamel of the tooth.
  • Minor fractures consist of the enamel chipping only.
  • A severe fracture exposing the pulp and the dentin must be treated at once.
  • The death of pulp tissue may lead to a severe abscess and/or tooth infection.
  • The amount of time a dislodged tooth is out of its socket indicates the success of the tooth’s reimplantation.
  • If your tooth becomes dislodged, placing it in cold milk on the way to the dentist can help it alive.

On the other hand, there are a lot of ways on how to prevent mouth and teeth injuries:

  • Be gentle when putting a spoon or bottle to your child or baby’s mouth.
  • Do not run or walk with objects in the mouth. Teach your children the same, if applicable.
  • Make sure to always schedule regular dental checkups.
  • Utilize mouth guards and/or face masks while playing sports.

Going outside is fun, but be sure to take the necessary preventative measures so fractured teeth and other injuries can be avoided. Know where to turn for help if injuries do happen.

Burn Your Tongue? Read This

Getting a burnt tongue almost feels like a flash of lightning. It happens quick and makes its mark. And, for the most part, it occurs under the most normal of circumstances. You could, for instance, be enjoying some hot food until a burning sensation sear through your tongue. And the healing process isn’t necessarily as straightforward as it should be. A burnt tongue remedy, then, is always a good thing to have at hand. 

Unlike other oral injuries, you don’t have to go to the dental office to get a burnt tongue remedy. On the contrary, as long as it isn’t severe, a burnt tongue can often be treated 100% at home. And these home remedies, unlike most treatments, are usually free of charge.  

So what steps should you take if you accidentally burn your tongue on some piping hot food or drink? 

Find a way to keep the swelling down

The first thing you need to confront when you have a burnt tongue is the pain. That burning sensation of hot pinpricks can make your tongue quite sensitive, to the point that shock greets everything your tongue touches.

That said, when using a burnt tongue remedy, you first need to find a way to stave off some of the inflammation. Why? Two reasons: 

  • It speeds up the healing process, and
  • It makes it less painful to treat the area.

How, then, do you drive down that inflammation? If you’ve ever conducted first aid for burns, the process might seem familiar to you. 

  1. First, you need to flush the area with cold water. This serves two purposes: for one, it relieves your tongue and lessens the swelling. For another, it stops the burning process, mainly if the wound was caused by some piping hot food.  
  2. After a few minutes of swishing cold water, get some ice to suck on in the meantime. This will help reduce the swelling further and numb the area.

Once the pain is bearable, you can then move on to the next step of the burnt tongue remedy. 

The #1 rule of a burnt tongue remedy: disinfect and keep the area clear

When starting the healing process of any burn wound, there’s always going to be some level of pain involved. That said, you might want to make sure that the area is almost entirely numb before adding anything to your tongue.

One natural burnt tongue remedy is rinsing the mouth with salt water. Take note, however, that you want to take cold liquids during this time, as any hot food or drink could aggravate your condition. Take ⅛ of a teaspoon of salt and dissolve it into a little bit of warm to hot water. Afterward, add cold water to the cup. Once you get the mixture to the right gargling temperature, use it to rinse your mouth. Saltwater is known for its antibacterial properties, which makes it perfect for treating those tongue burn wounds. 

If you’re not a fan of salt, there are other home remedies for you to choose from. If you have an aloe vera plant around, using its gel can give your tongue the relief it needs. Be warned, however, that you’ll need natural aloe vera and not the store-bought varieties. Otherwise, sugar and honey will do.

Finally, to ensure your tongue’s successful healing process, you might want to steer clear of acidic foods. The key here is to give your tongue the space to breathe and heal so you could go back to enjoying your favorite treats. 

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