Mouth injuries are common, especially in children, and may involve
the teeth, jaw, lips, tongue, inner cheeks, gums, roof of the mouth, neck, or
tonsils. A tooth can be knocked out (avulsed) during play or during a traumatic
injury to the mouth. A baby tooth (primary tooth) is not put back in the socket
(reimplanted) after it has been knocked out because the reimplantation may
cause problems with later development of the permanent tooth.
If a primary tooth is knocked out before it is ready to come out, the
premature loss of the tooth may delay the permanent tooth development. Your
dentist may recommend putting a spacer in the empty socket until the permanent
tooth comes in.
This Thanksgiving has special meaning for Emmy Award-winning actor, producer, and author Marlo Thomas. It’s the 50th anniversary of her family’s fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, located in Memphis, Tenn.
St. Jude began as the dream of Marlo’s father, the late, great funnyman Danny Thomas, in 1957 and has been going strong ever since. Since his death in 1991, Marlo, along with her sister, Terre, and brother, Tony, has been at the forefront of the center’s fundraising.