As the days get longer and the temperatures rise, it is likely that your child is spending more time outdoors. Whether it’s a neighborhood game of kickball, riding a bike, or playing sports, kids seem to be especially active in the spring and summer. Due to this increased physical activity, the chance for injuries and dental trauma also seems to rise. As your Maitland pediatric dentist, we know that losing a tooth can be alarming- especially if it is a permanent tooth. Be prepared and know how to handle this dental emergency.
First, find the tooth! When you have located it, gently rinse it off while being careful not to touch the root. Scrubbing the tooth could damage it. Next, try to re-insert the tooth into its socket, but don’t force it. If the tooth can be reimplanted, gently bite down or apply pressure with a washcloth to assist in helping it hold its place. If you are not able to successfully replace the tooth, place it into milk or have your child hold the tooth in his or her lower lip so it stays moist. Do not place the tooth in water or let it dry out. Then, call your Orlando pediatric dentist immediately! For the best chance of salvaging the tooth, it needs to be reimplanted by a dentist within an hour.
To summarize, here are the Do’s and Don’ts of Tooth Loss
- Rinse off the tooth while holding the crown (chewing surface).
- Try to put the tooth back into its socket.
- Call your pediatric dentist immediately.
- Keep the tooth moist in milk if unable to reinsert it.
- Scrub the tooth or touch the root.
- Place the tooth in water to store or transport it.
- Put off seeking dental care.
As partners in the dental health of your child, we are prepared to deal with a variety of emergencies. Our team here at Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida has the knowledge and expertise to handle tooth loss and other unexpected events in a calm, efficient manner so your child will be smiling wide again in no time!