If you have an active child, chances are they’re going to suffer a few run-ins and falls during sports or while playing with friends. Most aren’t cause for a concern, but if a tooth gets knocked out, you need to know how to react. Even if it’s a baby tooth, your child still needs it to preserve gum health, and by acting quickly and seeing their pediatric dentist, you’ll take positive steps toward saving the tooth.
What to Do If Your Child Knocks a Tooth Out
1. Find the Tooth
Even though a tooth is knocked out, it can still be saved. Find it and pick it up by the crown, careful not to touch the sensitive root. You’ll need to clean it with salt water or milk if available for a maximum of 10 seconds. If it’s been damaged, wrap it in a damp paper towel or place it in a cup of milk. Your child can also hold it in their mouth. If it’s not damaged, you’ll want to set the tooth back in place.
2. Put the Tooth Back
While it may make you and your child squeamish, it’s crucial to get the tooth back into the socket. Stay calm and explain this to them. Once you’ve cleaned and inspected the tooth, help your child push it in so that it’s flush with the other teeth. Once in place, have your child bite down on a clean piece of cloth or wet rag to hold the tooth in the position.
3. See Your Pediatric Dentist
A knocked-out tooth needs to be treated as a dental emergency, so don’t waste any time getting to your pediatric dentist. They can assist with replanting the tooth and also examine the rest of your child’s mouth to ensure there isn’t other damage or risk of additional complications. This is a good time to discuss prevention with them to avoid repeat incidents and to also ensure that your child is taking proper care of their teeth.
The dental care team at Carolyn B. Crowell, DMD & Associates in Avon, OH, is committed to creating a comfortable, welcoming environment for their patients. Pediatric dentist Dr. Crowell offers a variety of services, including sedation dentistry, to remove the fears of oral hygiene and will work closely with you and your child to ensure they’re properly caring for their teeth. Call (440) 934-0149 to schedule an appointment and visit their website to explore their practice further. You can also connect on Facebook for additional dental care tips and updates.