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Ask Dr. Archer: What To Do When Your Child Knocks A Tooth Out

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.

What to do if you lose a tooth

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 immediatelyThe 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

One Response to “Ask Dr. Archer: What To Do When Your Child Knocks A Tooth Out”

  1. Joe Bulger says:

    Great advice Dr. Natalie. My nephew knocked his front tooth out skiing at Mont Tremblant. His dad saw it hanging by a thread and plucked it out. His dad put it in his pocket and they skied down to the bottom of the hill. Luckily the ski patrol knew what to do and they put it back in.

    It lasted a few years, but sad to say, the tooth didn’t make it in the end. If only they had known what to do!

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