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Have you thought about what to do if you have a dental emergency? What if you are at a game and your child is struck by a fastball, knocking out a permanent tooth, do you know what to do?

The first thing to remember is to stay calm and keep your child calm as well. You don’t want your child to accidentally swallow the tooth. Call the dentist office and see when you can be seen. Until then, there are some safety precautions to take to make the transition smooth.

The tooth can usually be saved if you can get to the dentist within an hour of when it fell out. Handling it by the crown, not the roots, rinse it gently (being careful to avoid the roots) in a bowl of warm water. Then you have some options:

–The safest place for the tooth is in the mouth, between the check and gum, in the hole it left behind.
–If you cannot put it back in the mouth, you can place the tooth in some milk to preserve it, or in some salt water, if you don’t have milk in the fridge.
–You can also moisten some sterile gauze with your child’s saliva and carry it in a plastic bag.
–If you have an emergency kit and have an ADA approved tooth preserver in it, place the tooth in the container and get to your dentist.
–If you cannot get to your dentist, go to the emergency room.

Unexpectedly knocking out a tooth doesn’t have to be a horrifying experience, if you remain calm and follow the steps listed above. We will be happy to help you with any questions you may have 617-934-4914.