Injuries to your child’s face and teeth can occur when they are running, climbing, riding scooters, bikes and all the rest. It’s a good idea to see a doctor or dentist if your child damages their teeth or face. Especially if they are unfortunate enough to have lost a tooth.
IF YOUR CHILD KNOCKS OUT A BABY TOOTH
Don’t try and put it back in, as this can cause problems later on when the adult tooth starts to come through. Losing a baby tooth before it’s ready to come out usually isn’t a serious dental problem, but it’s important that you take your child to the dentist immediately for a check-up. Seeing the dentist and knowing that an adult tooth will eventually fill the space, and that pain or tenderness in the area will soon go, might help to reassure you and your child.
If your child Chips or Fractures a tooth, keep the piece of tooth and store it in milk.
See your dentist immediately.
LOSING AN ADULT TOOTH
This is a bit more serious, but there are a few things you and your child can do that might keep him from losing his tooth permanently after an accident:
- Find the tooth.
- Hold the tooth by the top (‘crown’), not the roots.
- If the tooth is dirty, rinse it in milk or a saline solution (salt and water) for a few seconds.
Don’t let the tooth dry out.
- Put the tooth back in its socket immediately.
- Hold the tooth in place with aluminium foil. If you don’t have any aluminium foil handy, your child can bite down gently on a handkerchief.
- See your dentist straight away.