In spring and summer our kids enjoy great outdoor activities. Along with all that fun comes the risk of accidents, and possibly tooth loss. We want to share a reminder on how to care for a tooth that is knocked out. While we can’t promise that the tooth can be replaced in your child’s mouth, these steps will help to achieve that goal.
- Handle your tooth by the top or crown only, not the roots.
- Don’t rub the tooth or scrape it to remove debris. This damages the root surface, making the tooth less likely to survive.
- Gently rinse your tooth in a bowl of tap water. Don’t hold it under running water.
- Try to replace your tooth in the socket. If it doesn’t go all the way into place, bite down slowly and gently on gauze or a moistened tea bag to help keep it in place. Hold the tooth in place until you see your dentist.
- If you can’t replace your tooth in the socket, immediately place it in some milk, your own saliva or a warm, mild saltwater solution — 1/4 teaspoon salt to 1 quart water (about 1 milliliter of salt to about 1 liter water).
- Get medical attention from a dentist or emergency room immediately.
Moms, dads and caregivers… be prepared! And please, if you child is involved in any contact sport including soccer, football and basketball, be sure they wear a mouth guard. They’ll thank you in about 15 years!