Trauma to children’s teeth is common, usually due to playing/cycling/fighting/falls or other sports. In children with adult teeth, a mouthguard should be worn during contact sports. If you think your child’s tooth could be damaged, you should seek advice immediately from a dentist. If an adult tooth is knocked out completely –

  1. Keep calm! Make sure it is an adult tooth. Baby teeth should not be put back in.
  2. Find the tooth and pick it up by the crown (the whiter part). Avoid touching the root.
  3. If the tooth is dirty, wash it briefly (10 seconds) using milk, saline solution or cold running water.
  4. Replant the tooth using the teeth at either side of the gap as a guide to the position. Once positioned, the person should bite on a handkerchief to hold the tooth in place until the dentist splints it in place.
  5. If the tooth cannot be replanted immediately, it can be carried either inside the injured person’s mouth between the teeth and the side of the cheek, or in milk.






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