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 –
- Keep calm! Make sure it is an adult tooth. Baby teeth should not be put back in.
- Find the tooth and pick it up by the crown (the whiter part). Avoid touching the root.
- If the tooth is dirty, wash it briefly (10 seconds) using milk, saline solution or cold running water.
- 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.
- 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.