The 2011-2012 school year has started. With school back in session, we have sports and other activities. Knocked out teeth are an unfortunate side effect of physical activity. Quick thinking is crucial to save a tooth! Here are some guidelines (assuming that the medical needs have been attended to):
1) Find the tooth. Try to touch only the crown (the part of the tooth that shows in the mouth).
2) Gently rinse the tooth with milk or Save- A – Tooth solution. Place the tooth back in the socket (the space where the tooth was). Do not worry about whether the tooth is positioned correctly – that can be fixed at the dental office. If milk or Save-A-Tooth solution is not available, still put the tooth in the socket.
3) Do not force the tooth into the socket. If it will not fit, put the tooth in either milk, Save-A-Tooth or in the child’s mouth (if he won’t swallow it). Contact lens solution and saline are other alternatives. Finally, if nothing else – water. Water is an absolute last resort! It damages cells on the root of the toooth.
4) Go to a dentist immediately. Call while you are on the way to prepare the office.
The most important thing is to stay calm and seek help from a dentist as soon as possible. The best results are possible if treatment is received within 1 hour of the accident. The tooth can still be saved after longer periods of time, so still visit the dentist as soon as possible.