So your child has fallen over in the playground at school and has knocked out one of their permanent front teeth. This is a scenario that panics even the most calm parent. How you deal with the situation at the immediate time can make a huge difference to the outcome and the child’s appearance. Sadly too few parents and teachers know what to do.
Here is what dental experts advise:
- TRY TO FIND THE TOOTH
- DO NOT SCRUB IT
- CLEAN DEBRIS OFF GENTLY, RINSE IN MILK OR IDEALLY THE CHILDS SALIVA, IF YOU ARE THE PARENT USE YOUR OWN SALIVA.
- IF YOU FEEL CONFIDENT – PLACE THE TOOTH GENTLY BUT WITH A LITTLE PRESSURE INTO THE SOCKET. CHECK IT IS THE RIGHT WAY AROUND BUT DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE ANGLE TOO MUCH
- GO IMMEDIATELY TO A DENTIST AND INSIST ON BEING SEEN IMMEDIATELY.
If you can’t put it back into the childs mouth, store in saliva or milk and go to a dentist immediately.
Even if the tooth doesn’t last long-term, it will preserve the space for an implant in adulthood and avoid the gum healing over where the tooth should be.
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