Oral trauma and dental emergency management recommendations of first-aid textbooks and manuals

Yehuda Zadik*

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Abstract

The recommendations of oral trauma and dental emergencies management of nine first-aid textbooks and manuals from the last two decades were evaluated. Only one book includes all the relevant topics: dental anatomy, management of tooth luxations and avulsion, tooth fracture, mandible dislocation, jaw fracture, intraoral bleeding and dental pain. Two books recommend self-replantation of an avulsed tooth, but four books detail the storage media and evaluate the importance of a quick referral to a dental surgery. In three first-aid books, the only mention of oral trauma is the hazard of choking from tooth fragments, and in one other book, only mandible dislocation is mentioned as oral trauma. The insufficient information of oral trauma management in these first-aid texts partly explains the previous reports of poor and inadequate knowledge in that topic among medics, teachers and the general public.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)304-306
Number of pages3
JournalDental Traumatology
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2007

Keywords

  • Dental trauma
  • First aid
  • Tooth avulsion

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