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You are enjoying a beautiful summer day at your neighbor’s pool with the kids from the neighborhood and some close friends. Then all of a sudden one of the kids emerges from the water with a bloody lip. You are wondering not only what happened, but what should you do.
Summer time always sees an increase in dental injuries, even in Carmel Valley. More kids and adults are active and dental injuries increase. Almost every activity from surfing, swimming, biking, skateboarding, etc, can cause some sort of oral trauma. It is important to be able to access the injury and more importantly, know what to do. Smart and prudent decisions can make the difference between you or your child losing a permanent tooth or saving it.
For simplicity I will divide dental injuries into 3 catergories.
Avulsions: The entire permanent tooth gets knocked out.
Luxations: The tooth remains in the socket, but in the wrong position. 3 types:
Fractures: Broken tooth
So as you can see, there are many ways that dental trauma can occur and many degrees of the injury. Knowing what to do is vital to saving you or your child’s tooth. Always have your dentist’s telephone number in your mobile phone.
Our office in Torrey Hills has laminated cards with all of these instructions for you. Tape them to the inside of your medicine cabinets so that in the unlikely, but possible event of a dental injury, you can act promptly.
Prevention – such as a mouth guard – is also a great idea.
Born and raised in San Diego, Dr. James Tasto attended University of San Diego where he lettered in both golf and wrestling. After earning a Bachelors in Science from Loyola Marymount University, Dr. Tasto graduated from University of Southern California Dental School with an emphasis on cosmetics and sports dentistry. Dr. James Tasto was selected by his peers to be included in the List of Top Dentists in San Diego for 2007 – 2011. He appeared in the May issue of San Diego Magazine. Dr. Tasto is also a member of D.O.C.S. (Doctors Offering Charitable Services), a local organization that offers medical services such as plastic surgery, vision and dental to the less fortunate patients in San Diego. Dr. Tasto currently resides in San Diego with his lovely wife Traci and their 3 children. He enjoys golf, beach volleyball and playing with his kids.