Dr. David Snodgrass DDS Offers Parents Some Dental First Aid Tips

Kids are very active and often precocious individuals, notes pediatric dentist Dr. David Snodgrass DDS of Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates. Every so often during a playtime, says Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, children have an accident and suffer an injury to their teeth. With that in mind, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS has prepared some first aid tips for parents so that they are not at a loss if their child comes home with a dental avulsion, chipped tooth or bitten lip.

If a child sustains a cut in his or her mouth or accidentally bites the lip, cheek or tongue, says Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, the first response should be to apply ice to the injury to minimize swelling. If the cut or bite is bleeding, continues Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, apply cloth or gauze with a little pressure to encourage clotting. If these simple measures do not control the bleeding, adds Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, then the problem may be more serious and it is time to call your Snodgrass-King pediatric dentist or visit the nearest emergency room.

Knocked out (or avulsed) baby teeth are typical childhood injuries, according to Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, and are not usually emergencies. If your child knocks out a baby tooth, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS advises calling Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates during normal business hours. If the tooth is a molar or the knocked out tooth is a permanent tooth, says Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, try to find the tooth as fast as possible. Avoid touching the root of the tooth, says Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, and instead hold it by the crown. Dr. David Snodgrass DDS instructs parents to rinse the tooth with water and nothing else. If the tooth does not have any cracks or chips, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS suggests that parents try to reinsert the tooth into the socket. Have your child hold the tooth in place, says Dr. David Snodgrass DDS by biting down on a folded piece of gauze. Then promptly get the child to a pediatric dentist like Dr. David Snodgrass DDS as soon as possible. When it comes to preserving a knocked out permanent tooth, says Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, time is of the essence.

For more information about the pediatric dental services offered by Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates, visit them online at http://snodgrassking.com.

About Dr. David Snodgrass DDS

Since 1987, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS has practiced dentistry in the greater Nashville area.  A graduate of the University of Tennessee, he earned his Doctorate of Dental Science in 1984.  In 1986 Dr. David Snodgrass DDS received his pediatric dentistry certificate from Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.  In addition to his practice, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS currently serves at Vanderbilt University in the capacity of a part-time professor of pediatric dentistry.

Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, along with co-founder Dr. John T. King, established Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates.  Dr. David Snodgrass DDS wanted to establish a dental practice that parents could trust and where children would feel safe and welcomed.  Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates offers a kid-friendly, carnival-like environment with a focus on pediatric dentistry excellence.  Dr. David Snodgrass DDS’ dream has grown from one to multiple offices serving the greater Nashville area, including Spring Hill, Murfreesboro, Hermitage and Franklin/Brentwood.

Dr. David Snodgrass DDS’ expertise can also be found in numerous publications.  The author of articles concerning growth and development, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS has appeared in several orthodontic and pediatric dental journals. Dr. David Snodgrass DDS holds memberships in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Orthodontic Society, the International Association of Orthodontics and the Tennessee Dental Association.  Dr. David Snodgrass DDS has numerous awards and accolades including the Achievement, Fellowship and Diplomat Awards from the American Orthodontic Society and the International Association of Orthodontics.  Through orthodontic study organizations, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS is a recognized lecturer and mentor in the Southeastern United States.

Outside of his practice, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS believes it important to use his talents and gifts in the service of humanity.  Since 2007, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS has taken service-oriented trips to Haiti.  Following his initial trip, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS would journey to perform the same work in the Dominican Republic.  After working in the Dominican, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS was flown back into Haiti.  In 2010 on his return trip to the area, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS worked in the dental clinic of Danita’s Children Hope for Haiti Center.  The Hope for Haiti Center dental clinic was fully equipped by Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates.  In that most recent trip, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS witnessed over 300 Haitians receive cleanings, fillings, sealants, and extractions, stainless steel crowns, as well as having routine procedures performed.  In November of 2010, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS and Dr. King led a team of eleven team members from their dental practice back to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  A brief stop over in Sousa allowed the team to treat over 200 patients, free of charge.

Most recently a group of 15 Haitian orphans visited the United States and middle Tennessee to record a music project.  Those orphans stopped by Dr. David Snodgrass DDS’ offices of Snodgrass-King and were treated for any and all types of dental procedures.

From his belief in a “kid-friendly” environment to his pursuit of pediatric dental expertise, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS believes excellence in pediatric dental care is essential.  And with that belief in excellence Dr. David Snodgrass DDS has a heart to serve and give that same excellence to those who may never have the opportunity to receive such dental care.

Dr. David Snodgrass DDS and his wife Melody reside with their three children in Brentwood, Tennessee.

For more information about Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates go to http://snodgrassking.com/ or call them at 615-771-1111.

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