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There are a wide variety of mouth injuries, including injuries related to the teeth, burning mouth tissues on food and any number of other accidents. Find out how to defend against mouth injuries in sports by using a mouth guard with help from a dentist in this free video on oral health and caring for the mouth.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Larry Klein. I'm a dentist here in St. Petersburg, Florida, and we're going to talk a little bit about mouth injuries. There's all different types of mouth injuries. There's that related to the teeth, and that also, just to the mouth in general. A couple of things that come to mind, as far as mouth injuries, simple things, too hot a food, a pizza burn, burning your mouth on hot coffee, things like that. Pretty easy solutions, take it slow, cool things off. Other mouth injuries have been trauma, a dog, a cat, and you get scratched, you get poked. We had one incident where a small child was running with a sharp object in their mouth, fell, and it was almost a fatal type of thing. Also, injuries of the mouth involve a lot with the teeth, and of course, probably the most of those are involved with sports injuries. A simple mouth guard is a great thing to prevent that. Football injuries, basketball injuries, karate, boxing, any of those type of physical contact sports. If you do have something like that, let's say a tooth gets bumped, gets hit, the body is wonderful about healing it up, but times it needs to be taken care of by a dentist, if the tooth is wobbly, if it's wiggly, has some mobility to it, definitely needs some dental attention. If the tooth gets knocked all the way out, a simple solution. Take the tooth, rinse it off with some milk, bring it immediately to the dentist. If they can have it within 45 minutes, a lot of times that can be re-implanted, without any problems in the future. Some of the traumas to the mouth can be prevented, obviously by a mouth guard, or a night guard, but those things that you can't, sometimes you just have to be careful. Probably the biggest problem I'll have with shattered teeth, can be simply a person drinking water from a water fountain, or in a bar, and somebody hits the person's elbow, and it ends up hitting the glass on the tooth, so a lot of times, it's just a matter of being careful, so for those things that you can't wear a mouth guard for, just really be careful, and if you have any questions about things like that, feel free to give me a call. I'm Larry Klein. I'm here in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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