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 It’s Never too Late to Straighten Your Smile

Braces as an adult? No way. At least, that was what I thought when my dentist told me that I was going to have to see an orthodontist about my crooked teeth. But my teeth were so misaligned that they were causing me pain when I chewed, so I decided to at least look into it. Turns out braces today are nothing like the ones my friends had when I was a kid. Mine were practically invisible, and I didn't need to wear them that long. I started this blog to encourage other people like me who are nervous about the prospect of wearing braces as an adult. My straight smile is so worth the trips to the orthodontist, and wearing braces was nowhere near as bad as I thought. Read on to find out more about how you can straighten your smile.

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It’s Never too Late to Straighten Your Smile

What To Do When A Baby Tooth Is Knocked Out Of Your Child's Mouth

by Jacqueline Byrd

Baby teeth will eventually fall out of a child's mouth, but there are also times when a baby tooth will get knocked out of a child's mouth long before it would naturally come loose and fall out. If this happens to one of your child's baby teeth, here are several things you should know.

Locate the tooth

The first thing you should after this happens is locate the tooth. While you really do not necessarily need it, it is important to locate it to make sure it is not stuck in your child's mouth somewhere, as this could be a choking hazard. Secondly, locating it is important if you want to utilize the positives of this moment. If you can find the tooth, you could let your child put it under his or her pillow and wait for the tooth fairy to come and take the tooth. Children love the idea of a tooth fairy, and this is often one of the most exciting parts of losing a tooth.

Clean the area

The next thing you should do is clean the child's mouth. When a tooth gets knocked out, there is usually blood from the incident. You can clean this out with a warm or cold cloth, and you might need to apply some pressure to the area to stop it from bleeding. You could also have your child rinse with warm salt water to cleanse the area, but kids do not always like to do this. This can help clean the area, but it also is not absolutely necessary. Using a cloth to clean it is usually sufficient.

Visit a dentist

If the tooth that was knocked out was already loose, getting it knocked out is probably not a big deal. If the tooth was not loose, though, and if it is a tooth that should not fall out for many years, you will need to visit a dentist. Depending on the tooth and the child's age, your dentist might recommend doing nothing after this happens; however, there is a chance the dentist may recommend placing a space maintainer in the child's mouth. This device simply holds the gap in place until the child's permanent tooth erupts through this spot.

Getting a baby tooth knocked out can be a scary event for a child, and you can contact a pediatric dentist if this happens to find out exactly what you should do.