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4 Easy Steps to Caring for Knocked-Out Teeth

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Losing teeth is a natural part of growing up; it is when the permanent ones fall out that it’s a problem! When kids participate in sports and other physical activities, accidents happen, and teeth sometimes get knocked out. Though it can be a terrifying experience for any mother, the important thing to remember is to stay calm. By remaining calm and taking quick action, the tooth can be saved.

  • Permanent or Baby?

The first thing to do in this situation is determine whether the tooth is a baby tooth or permanent one. If it is a baby one, there’s no need to worry because a new tooth will grow back in its place. If the tooth is permanent make sure to retrieve it and call your dentist as soon as possible. It is best to consult a pediatric dentist if your child is under the age of 13.

  • Tooth Recovery

When you recover the tooth, it is important to remember to handle it by its crown. Tampering with the roots will increase the chance of the tooth not being able to be replaced. Even if there is dirt on the tooth, it is best to let your dentist handle the cleaning. Using alcohol or peroxide to sanitize it can be harmful, and may result in your child’s tooth being unable to be re-used.

  • Move Quick. Stay Calm. Get Milk.

When a tooth falls out, there is a limited amount of time to replace it before it becomes unusable. There is usually about a thirty minute window from the time the tooth comes out to get it put back in. This is why it is necessary to inform your dentist of the situation immediately and go in at the first available appointment. In order to prolong the life of the tooth, place it in a glass of milk. Because of its similar chemical properties to teeth, milk can help preserve it long enough for you to make it to your dentist’s office. Ice the gum If there is bleeding, be sure to apply some form of gauze to control the flow. A cold compress can also help in reducing pain and swelling. Remember, the important thing in this situation is time. Getting to your dentist in a timely manner is the best chance you have of saving the tooth.

There are many ways you can prevent children from losing their permanent teeth. Making sure your children wear mouth guards when playing sports will help keep their smiles safe. Even if they do lose a tooth, however, remember that it’s not the end of the world. As long as you move swiftly and follow the proper procedures, you will have a great chance at saving their tooth!

This article was written exclusively for dimplee.com by Bennett Family Dentistry, a team of dental professionals offering general and children’s dentistry services.

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