It might not come as a surprise that people get drunk and get their teeth knocked out during St. Patrick’s Day. Data from 2008-15 suggest that the day after St. Patrick's, there is a 77 percent jump in emergency visits to the dentist. And in fact, it's almost identical between men and women.
Women see a 77.4 percent increase in emergency dental visits, and men see an increase of 78 percent.
Face plants, sidewalks and fists are some of the main reasons people are losing their teeth. So please be careful not to fall down and face plant into the sidewalk or try not to get angry and offend someone so you don’t end up biting their fists this year. But on the off chance you do happen to lose a tooth there are some things you can do….
First it is important to get to the dentist as quickly as possible after a tooth has been knocked out. It is also important to avoid damaging the tooth even more.
Follow these suggestions to improve the chances of saving your tooth:
· Handle the tooth carefully. Try not to touch the root . It can be damaged easily.
· If the tooth is dirty, hold it by the upper part and rinse it with milk. If you don't have any milk, rinse it with water. Don't wipe it off with a washcloth, shirt or other fabric. This could damage the tooth.
· Try slipping the tooth back into its socket. In many cases, it will slip right in. Make sure it's facing the right way. Don't try to force it into the socket. If it doesn't go back into place easily and without pressure, then just keep it moist (in milk, saliva or water) and get to the dentist as soon as you can.
· Keep the tooth moist. Drop it into a glass of milk. If you can't do this, place the tooth in your mouth, between the cheek and gum. Place the tooth in the cup with the saliva. If nothing else is available, place the tooth in a cup of water. The most important thing is to keep the tooth moist.
If the tooth is intact (not broken in pieces), it is always a good idea to try to save it.
Don't let this post detour you from having a FUN and SAFE St. Patrick's Day!