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My Child Got a Tooth Knocked Out! What Now?

With summer vacation time to take advantage of, and energy to spend, sports and roughhousing become the order of the day! With the increased activity comes increased risk of injury to kids – such as a knocked-out tooth.

By staying calm, you can help your child to successfully deal with these incidents.

Find the Tooth!

The first step is to help your child remain calm. Address the bleeding with a moist towel against the injured site. Try to recover the knocked-out tooth. It’s possible it could have gotten forced into the bone in your child’s mouth. If you are sure it fell out, look carefully for it.

Caring for A Stray Tooth

A tooth could actually stand a chance of being reattached to the socket as long as it’s kept clean. Keep the following points in mind when handling a tooth that’s been knocked out:

  • If it is a permanent tooth, it can be reinserted immediately (by yourself!)
  • Clean the tooth by pouring milk or saltwater over it
  • Don’t scrub the tooth to clean it as that can damage the microscopic attachment fibers
  • Store the tooth in milk or water if it can’t be inserted at home
  • See the dentist as soon as possible

What Your Dentist Can Do

Your dentist will determine whether or not the tooth can be inserted to heal on its own. If that’s not an option, your dentist will discuss restorative options with you and your child.

In the event of a dental emergency such as a tooth being knocked out, don’t panic. Consult your dentist immediately, and be sure to talk about getting an athletic guard to prevent the same emergency from happening again in the future.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

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