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What should I do if my child’s permanent tooth is knocked out?

Find the tooth. Only rinse the tooth if it has dirt on it… do not scrub the tooth or clean it with anything other than water. If possible, holding the tooth by the crown, replace the tooth into the socket and hold it there with gauze or a clean wash cloth. If you cannot put the tooth back into the socket, place it into a clean container with either milk, or the child’s saliva. Get to the pediatric dentist’s office quickly (or call if it is after hours). Your chances of saving the tooth increase the faster you act.

What if a tooth is chipped or fractured?

Contact the dentist. They will be able to help you determine the next course of action. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, the dentist may want you to bring it in with you.

What about a blow to the head or a jaw fracture?

Go to the emergency room immediately. A blow to the head can be life–threatening.

What do I do if my child has a toothache?

Call your pediatric dentist and visit the office promptly. To comfort your child, rinse the mouth with water and apply a cold compress. Analgesics can also help. Your child’s dentist will be able to explain the next course of action.