When a Baby Tooth is knocked out: Immediately contact your pediatric dentist. Because of the potential for damage to permanent teeth, a baby tooth should never be replanted.
When a permanent tooth is knocked out. Find the tooth and gently rise it in cool water – never scrub or clean with soap, then replace the tooth in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze or a wash cloth.
- If you cannot replace the tooth in the socket, place the tooth in a container of cold milk, saliva, or water.
- Contact your pediatric dentist immediately, and seek their services. The faster you act, the greater the likelihood of saving the tooth.
When a tooth is chipped. Contact your child’s dentist immediately, quick action can save the tooth, reduces the need for extensive treatment, and prevents infection.
- Rise the mouth with water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling (if the lip was injured).
- Place any tooth fragments into cold milk or water.
Dental injuries can be prevented by following these simple suggestions.
- Children participating in sports should always wear a mouth guard and other protective gear.
- Always use seat belts and car seats.
- Child-proof your home to reduce the risk of fall and electrical injuries.
- Schedule regular check-ups with your family dentist.