Was Your Child’s Tooth Knocked Out? Why It’s So Important to Act Fast

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You expect your kids to lose their teeth to make way for their adult set. However, if your child is losing their teeth sooner than normal or you suspect the loss occurred from trauma, you need to act quickly.

Was your child’s tooth knocked out following an accident? It can be traumatising for both you and your child. Fortunately, this post may help you to understand what you should do if such an event should happen. 

What to Do With a Knocked-Out Tooth

If your child has a knocked-out tooth, chances are it happened because they were playing, fell, or were involved in another type of accident. Of course, you should make sure your child is okay and not hurt, but don’t neglect the tooth. Look for it as soon as you can.

If the tooth is dirty, don’t try cleaning it with harsh chemicals—not even soap and water. You may think cleaning it in some type of solution will help, but the effect will be the opposite. You can clean a tooth with water or milk during times it is visibly dirty and place it in a small cup with plain room temperature water, milk or even your child’s saliva, ensuring that it is not visibly dirty or dry. 

You should never scrub the tooth or dry it either. This also means you don’t want to wrap the tooth in any type of cloth or dry tissue. 

First Aid Tips

There is a correct way to handle your child’s teeth. Always pick it up from the crown; never the root. This will prevent injury to the sensitive nerves.

You never want to attempt placing a knocked-out tooth back in the socket. This is because you may risk putting it in the wrong direction.  

This is only an advisable attempt for adults. Let your child keep their tooth in their mouth in saliva when possible. You allow the tooth to “stay alive” when you do this during times it’s not in the gums. 

When to See a Dentist After a Tooth Is Knocked Out

You should ALWAYS see a dentist if your child has a knocked-out tooth in order to save it. During the trip, don’t allow it to remain exposed to air.

Waste no time when reaching out to a dentist. It’s possible to save and re-implant knocked out teeth within 30-60 minutes of the accident. If you are having trouble getting hold of a dentist, don’t hesitate to send your child to the emergency room. 

It may seem like a minor issue that can wait, but doing so will reduce the chances of keeping the tooth viable. 

Tooth Knocked Out? Act Fast With Dental Emergencies

There are a few myths out there that tell you what to do with a knocked-out tooth, but you should avoid them. Have a child with a tooth knocked out? It’s best to keep it moist not with milk, but with their saliva whenever possible. 

Be wary of bounce houses too, and ensure your kid wears a mouthguard when playing sports. When the damage exists, you need to send your child to the emergency room as soon as possible. 

Contact us to book an appointment to get the matter addressed right away.