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Broken teeth? Smile and dial helpline!

If you happen to break your teeth, don't fret. Just put them in some milk or coconut water and scuttle off to a dentist - so advises a newly launched helpline in Chandigarh.

chandigarh Updated: Nov 14, 2008 11:15 IST

If you happen to break your teeth, don't fret. Just put them in some milk or coconut water and scuttle off to a dentist - so advises a newly launched helpline in Chandigarh.

The oral health sciences department at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, has started the unique 24-hour emergency helpline - 9914208717 - dedicated to saving broken or fractured teeth.

"A helpline to attend trauma cases related to teeth was the need of the hour. We have observed here in our department that cases of dentofacial trauma that affect patients' teeth and facial structure has increased manifold in the last few years," Ashima, senior faculty member, paediatric dentistry, PGIMER, told IANS.

The helpline will be managed by a four-member team of senior doctors.

"Broken and fractured teeth are the most common cases. Earlier, we used to hardly get one or two such cases in a month but now we are getting two cases of broken teeth and three to four cases of fractured teeth every week," said Ashima.

Alarmingly, most of these cases involve children or teenagers who incur injury because of some scuffle, fall or accident, she pointed out.

The helpline number, 9914208717, was flashed on the PGIMER's website three weeks ago on a trial basis. After getting a remarkable response from the public, it was launched formally Monday.

The oral health sciences department at the institute is one of the most ultra modern and well-equipped departments, with over 40 physicians attending to hundreds of patients everyday.

"Damaged teeth can be successfully re-implanted if they are preserved well and are cautiously taken to the physician in a short time," said Ashima.

"We give easy and quick tips on the phone as to how to protect broken teeth. Generally, people wrap broken teeth in paper to save them, but that is entirely wrong as they should be kept in milk, coconut water or even in the mouth so that they do not lose moisture."

PGIMER, one of the leading medical institutes of northern India, was started in 1962, caters to patients from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.