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Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.


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What You Need to Do If One of Your Teeth Gets Knocked out in a Tackle

by Myrtle Banks

Rugby is one of the greatest passions in Australian sports and something that a majority of youngsters first encounter in school or college. It's little wonder that this country is at the top of the tree when it comes to this engaging sport, as so many are keen to get involved. Yet, while this is a largely safe sport, you have to look out for your own health and safety. In particular, you need to make sure that you guard against any damage to your teeth. What do you need to know, in case you encounter a problem here?

Mouth Guards Don't Always Work

It almost goes without saying that you should fit a proper mouthguard whenever you take part in this type of contact sport. However, even with one of these appliances, accidents can still occur. A particular type of impact could knock one of your teeth out. Certainly, this is going to be a painful experience, but you also need to take some specific action before you go off the pitch and head for the dentist.

What You Need to Do

Make it a priority to find the missing tooth if it's been completely knocked out of your mouth. Get a water bottle from one of the trainers and use the water to make sure that the tooth is completely rinsed off to get rid of any dirt or grass. If the root appears to be largely intact, then you need to try and put the tooth back. Certainly you might think that this is a job for a dentist, but what you need to remember is that the tooth is a living organism, and the sooner you replace it, the more chance you're going to have to save it.

How to Reinsert

Ideally, you should get somebody else to help you do this. A certain amount of pressure will have to be applied, so somebody will have to place their hand on top of your head, or underneath your jaw in order to counteract that pressure. When ready, put the tooth back in to the gap gently, and then push down and keep the pressure on for a minute or two.

The tooth is only going to fit one way, so you don't need to worry about doing anything incorrectly, but just make sure that the pressure is maintained for a minute or more. This should also help to stop any bleeding that may have occurred. After this, you should keep your mouth closed and maintain gentle pressure between the top and bottom row, until you can get to an emergency dentist.

Getting the Dentist to Finish It off

If you've done this, the dentist will have a head start in restoring everything to its former glory. You may have to have a root canal or other work done, but there is a good chance that the tooth will be able to survive. Note that if you were unable to reinsert the tooth at the scene, try and place it in a container of milk and take it with you to the dental clinic