What To Do If Your Child Has Lost An Adult Tooth

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:

  1. TRY TO FIND THE TOOTH
  2. DO NOT SCRUB IT
  3. CLEAN DEBRIS OFF GENTLY, RINSE IN MILK OR IDEALLY THE CHILDS SALIVA, IF YOU ARE THE PARENT USE YOUR OWN SALIVA.
  4. 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
  5. 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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