It is important to stay calm at this moment, as your child too must be getting hysterical. If it’s a baby tooth that has fallen off completely there is no reason to worry as it’s not an emergency. That’s because they are not as deep rooted as the permanent teeth and therefore more prone to getting knocked off with minimal or no injury to the gums.
What to do if a baby tooth takes a hard knock?
- Consider going to a physician to examine your child’s face, mouth and gums for any injuries.
- Let your child rinse his/her mouth with water. Apply a cold compress (cold washcloth or gauze) to keep the swelling down and to stop the bleeding, if any.
- Go to a dentist to see if there is any underlying permanent tooth. Your dentist might recommend putting a false tooth in place to keep the neighboring teeth from crowding into the newly emptied space.
However, knocking out a permanent tooth is an emergency. What can you do in case it happens?
- Locate the tooth immediately and handle it by its crown (chewing end) and not by the roots. There is a good chance that it can be successfully re-attached if handled with care.
- Rinse the tooth gently with water. If your child is old enough, you can ask him to hold it in place till you see the dentist. If not, place the tooth in milk as it has the same pH of saliva.
- See the nearest available dentist within 30 minutes or as soon as possible.
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