Do you know the proper steps to take for toddler dental emergencies or even an older child? My grandson has lost his front tooth twice. When the first accident occurred, it dawned on me that I didn’t have a clue on the proper steps to take in the event of one of the kids hitting or getting their tooth knocked out. As a result, I waited anxiously for my daughter to call me. We discussed the necessary steps, just in case a dental emergency occurred while the children were in my custody. Here they are:
- Take your child to a hospital or pediatric dentist immediately if a tooth is knocked out or damaged.
- If the child is young and the teeth or tooth is loose enough, remove the tooth or teeth to prevent the child from chocking.
If a permanent tooth as been knocked out, it can often be saved if you take the following steps immediately:
- Find the tooth
- Handle the tooth by the part you normally see, not the root
- Gently rinse the tooth under water in a closed sink. Do not scrub the tooth
- If possible, place the tooth in the opening it fall out of
- Hold the tooth in place or have your child hold the tooth in place while you’re in route to the hospital or doctor
- If the tooth can’t be placed back into the opening, place it under your tongue or in milk
Because parents could experience toddler dental emergencies at any time. Therefore, knowing what steps to take is imperative in saving your child’s tooth or teeth. This is crucial, especially if it’s one of the child’s permanent teeth. Knowing these steps worked for my grandson twice. So they will work for you too.
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