By Advance Family Dental Care
October 20, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental injury  

Accidents do happen, especially if you or a family member has an active lifestyle. One such risk, especially for someone playing a contact sport, is having a tooth knocked out.

But as extreme as this injury can be, it doesn't necessarily mean the tooth is lost forever. Gum (or periodontal) cells remaining on the tooth root can regenerate and regain their attachment with the periodontal ligament that holds teeth in place. But you have to act quickly—the longer the tooth is out of the socket, the more likely these cells will dry out and die.

So, by doing the following within 5-20 minutes of the injury (and the earlier the better), that knocked-out tooth has a reasonable chance of survival.

Locate and clean the tooth. Your first priority is to find the missing tooth and clean it of any debris with clean water. Be sure not to touch the root of the tooth and only handle the tooth by the crown (the visible part of a tooth when it's in the mouth).

Insert the root end into the empty socket. Still holding the tooth by the crown, insert the opposite root end into the empty socket. Orient the crown properly, but don't worry about getting it in just right—the follow-up with the dentist will take care of that. You will, however, need to apply some pressure to get it to seat firmly.

Secure the tooth. Place a piece of clean gauze or cloth between the reinserted tooth and its counterpart on the other jaw. Then, have the person bite down on the cloth and hold it. This will help secure the tooth in place while you travel to the dentist.

Seek dental care immediately. It's important to see a dentist immediately to adjust the tooth's position and to possibly splint the tooth to better secure it while it heals. If a dentist isn't available, then visit a local emergency room instead.

Taking these actions on the scene could mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. But act quickly—the sooner you initiate first aid for a knocked-out tooth, the better its chances for long-term survival.

If you would like more information on what to do during dental emergencies, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “When a Tooth is Knocked Out.”

By Advance Family Dental Care
October 15, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Professional Hockey player Keith Yandle is the current NHL “iron man”—that is, he has earned the distinction of playing in the most consecutive games. On November 23, Yandle was in the first period of his 820th consecutive game when a flying puck knocked out or broke nine of his front teeth. He returned third period to play the rest of the game, reinforcing hockey players’ reputation for toughness. Since talking was uncomfortable, he texted sportswriter George Richards the following day: “Skating around with exposed roots in your mouth is not the best.”

We agree with Yandle wholeheartedly. What we don’t agree with is waiting even one day to seek treatment after serious dental trauma. It was only on the following day that Yandle went to the dentist. And after not missing a game in over 10 years, Yandle wasn’t going to let a hiccup like losing, breaking or cracking nearly a third of his teeth interfere with his iron man streak. He was back on the ice later that day to play his 821st game.

As dentists, we don’t award points for toughing it out. If anything, we give points for saving teeth—and that means getting to the dentist as soon as possible after suffering dental trauma and following these tips:

  • If a tooth is knocked loose or pushed deeper into the socket, don’t force the tooth back into position.
  • If you crack a tooth, rinse your mouth but don’t wiggle the tooth or bite down on it.
  • If you chip or break a tooth, save the tooth fragment and store it in milk or saliva. You can keep it against the inside of your cheek (not recommend for small children who are at greater risk of swallowing the tooth).
  • If the entire tooth comes out, pick up the tooth without touching the root end. Gently rinse it off and store it in milk or saliva. You can try to push the tooth back into the socket yourself, but many people feel uneasy about doing this. The important thing is to not let the tooth dry out and to contact us immediately. Go to the hospital if you cannot get to the dental office.

Although keeping natural teeth for life is our goal, sometimes the unexpected happens. If a tooth cannot be saved after injury or if a damaged tooth must be extracted, there are excellent tooth replacement options available. With today’s advanced dental implant technology, it is possible to have replacement teeth that are indistinguishable from your natural teeth—in terms of both look and function.

And always wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports! A custom mouthguard absorbs some of the forces of impact to help protect you against severe dental injury.

If you would like more information about how to protect against or treat dental trauma or about replacing teeth with dental implants, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants: A Tooth-Replacement Method That Rarely Fails” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”

By Advance Family Dental Care
October 12, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Baby teeth may be temporary, but they’re still important and they are still at risk for cavities. When your child experiences tooth decay at a very young age, it’s usually referred to as baby bottle tooth decay. Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi at Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL, is a family dentist that can help teach you about baby bottle tooth decay and how you can prevent that from happening to your baby.

What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

You may not realize that even infants are susceptible to tooth decay and cavities, which is why you should be taking care of their teeth as soon as they erupt from their gums. It’s important to instill healthy oral hygiene habits with your family dentist in Naperville, IL, so that you can keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong for years to come.

Baby bottle tooth decay can be caused by many things, but a common cause is frequent and prolonged exposure of your child’s teeth to sugary drinks. This can usually happen when your child is put to bed with a bottle, which is why it’s known as baby bottle tooth decay. Instead of using a bottle to soothe a fussy baby, this is a big reason why it’s important to use a pacifier and keep your child’s teeth and gums clean from bacteria.

Baby bottle tooth decay can easily be prevented by gently brushing your child’s teeth daily as soon as they erupt. You can also avoid putting juice or sugary drinks in your child’s bottle and you should never dip their pacifier in sugar or honey. Encouraging your child to start drinking from a cup after their first birthday will also help keep their teeth healthy and safe from the risk of decay.

Contact Your Family Dentist Today!

It’s important to instill the best oral hygiene habits you can in your child and that starts almost immediately in their life. Contact your family dentist, Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi at Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL, today at (630) 358-9899 to learn more about baby bottle tooth decay and how it can be prevented.

By Advance Family Dental Care
October 10, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental injuries  

Although kids are resilient, they're not indestructible. They're prone to their share of injuries, both major and minor—including dental injuries.

It's common for physically active children to suffer injuries to their mouth, teeth and gums. With a little know-how, however, you can reduce their suffering and minimize any consequences to their long-term oral health.

Here are 4 types of dental injuries, and what to do if they occur.

Chipped tooth. Trauma or simply biting down on something hard can result in part of the tooth breaking off, while the rest of it remains intact. If this happens, try to retrieve and save the chipped pieces—a dentist may be able to re-bond them to the tooth. Even if you can't collect the chipped pieces, you should still see your dentist for a full examination of the tooth for any underlying injury.

Cracked tooth. A child can experience intense pain or an inability to bite or close their teeth normally if a tooth is cracked (fractured), First, call the dentist to see if you need to come in immediately or wait a day. You can also give the child something appropriate to their age for pain and to help them sleep if you're advised to wait overnight.

Displaced tooth. If a child's tooth appears loose, out of place or pushed deeper into the jaw after an accident, you should definitely see a dentist as soon as possible—all of these indicate a serious dental injury. If they're unavailable or it's after hours, your dentist may tell you to visit an emergency room for initial treatment.

Knocked-out tooth. Minutes count when a tooth is knocked completely out. Quickly locate the tooth and, holding it only by the crown and not the root, rinse off any debris with clean water. Place it in a glass of milk or attempt to place it back into the socket. If you attempt to place it back into the socket, it will require pressure to seat the tooth into position. You should then see a dentist or ER immediately.

A dental injury can be stressful for both you and your child. But following these common-sense guidelines can help you keep your wits and ensure your child gets the care they need.

If you would like more information on pediatric dental treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Advance Family Dental Care
October 06, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dry mouth  

Discover why dry mouth is such a problem for your oral health.

We’ve all experienced dry mouth at some point; however, if this is an issue you’re dealing with regularly it’s important that you turn to our Naperville, IL, family dentist Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi to find out why it’s happening and how to protect your oral health. After all, chronic and persistent dry mouth can cause problems with your smile.

What causes dry mouth?

Some of the most common causes of dry mouth include:

  • Medications such as antihistamines, painkillers, and decongestants
  • Aging
  • Health problems such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, or an autoimmune disorder
  • Snoring or mouth breathing
  • Alcohol and tobacco use
  • Chemotherapy and radiation therapy

If you are experiencing dry mouth frequently it’s important to talk with our Naperville, IL, family dentist about your lifestyle, habits, health conditions, and medications you are taking to help us shed light on what could be causing your dry mouth. By figuring out what’s causing this issue we can also figure out the most effective solutions.

What happens if dry mouth is left untreated?

While you might not realize it, saliva production is important for the health of your mouth. After all, saliva can help wash away bacteria and food particles; therefore, it’s not too surprising to discover that dry mouth can cause issues for your oral health. If left untreated, dry mouth can result in:

  • Oral yeast infections (thrush)
  • Sores in the mouth
  • Increased plaque buildup, which can result in decay and gum disease
  • Cracked, sore lips
  • Swallowing problems
  • Halitosis
  • Nutritional deficiencies due to pain and issues chewing

How is dry mouth treated?

As we mentioned before, how our team decides to treat your dry mouth will depend on the underlying cause. In some cases, it may be as simple as swapping certain medications or altering dosages to improve dry mouth symptoms. There are also oral rinses that can be prescribed or purchased over the counter that can help improve lubrication and reduce the risk for dry mouth-related decay.

Those with more severe dry mouth may benefit from prescription medications that can boost salivary production. Our dental team may also recommend special toothpaste and products to help strengthen and protect your teeth from cavities due to dry mouth.

If you are dealing with dry mouth, our Naperville, IL, family dentist Dr. Zomorrodi and the team at Advance Family Dental Care can help you find ways to manage your dry mouth to protect the health of your teeth and gums. To discuss your dry mouth concerns with us, call (630) 358-9899 today.

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