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It’s one of the scarier moments of being a parent: your child comes to you crying and bleeding after falling off their bike.It can be traumatizing for parents! But by the end of this post, you’ll know exactly what to do if it happens to your child.
Myths About Knocked-Out Teeth
Someone get a cup of milk!
Milk actually isn’t the best option – your child’s saliva is. Have your child spit into your hands or into a cup. If the spit is a little bloody, that’s okay. Hold the tooth in the saliva until you can get to the dentist.
If you can’t get your child’s saliva, you can use your own if you feel comfortable. Milk is your second best option.
Milk actually isn’t the best option to hold a knocked out tooth. Your child’s saliva is.
Inserting a baby tooth back in.
If your child loses a baby tooth, don’t try to stick it back in. This can damage the new adult tooth.
Cleaning off the knocked out tooth.
There may be dirt, debris, or mud on the knocked out tooth – this will damage the tooth. Don’t clean the tooth with alcohol or peroxide.
If you absolutely must, use saliva or milk to very gently rinse while trying not to touch it too much.
First Aid: How to Save a Knocked-Out Tooth
Pick it up by the crown, not the root.
The crown is the part of the tooth you bite with. The root is what looks like two little legs. Don’t touch the root.
For an adult tooth only, try placing the tooth back in the socket.
Make sure you do this without touching the root. Your child can bite down on gauze to keep the tooth in place. Only do this if you know what you’re doing. I’ve seen knocked out teeth re-inserted facing the wrong way!
Call your dentist and let him or her know you’re coming to the office!
Either your dentist or the dentist on call should see you right away. If not, head to the emergency room.
Hopefully these tips will help you to keep calm if you ever find yourself in this situation.