As a mother, you hear a lot of horror stories of children knocking their teeth out. My first thought is always, 'thank goodness it wasn't my child!,' and then immediately the dentist in me thinks, 'I hope they knew what to do when it happened!' Which leads me to this post. Today, I thought I would share with you what to do when your child knocks out one of their teeth.
Of course, when something like this happens, your common sense judgement should be to make sure your child is safe. Once you've established that they are OK, and haven't sustained any other serious injuries, you can then start to follow the guide below.
Step-by-Step Guide of What to Do When Your Child Knocks a Tooth Out:
- Find the tooth
- Do not try to scrub the tooth clean
- Rinse the tooth in milk or the child's own saliva
- If you and your child are comfortable doing so, place the tooth back into the socket hole, gently
- If you are not comfortable doing this, keep the tooth in milk or in the child's mouth
- Go to a dentist immediately: The sooner you receive treatment, the better the prognosis
Has your child ever knocked out a tooth? Did you use the milk trick? I'd love to hear your story, if only so that other parents can learn from it.
-Dr. Natalie Archer