First Aid: Teeth Injuriesenparents your child loses a baby tooth, there's no need to replace it. But if a permanent tooth is dislodged, it's a dental emergency. Here's what to do.first-aid, firstaid, first aid, knocked out tooth, knocked-out tooth, teeth, tooth injuries, dental injury, dental emergency, what to do, emergency, emergency room, my child's tooth fell out, CD1Dental Care05/16/200307/16/201807/16/2018Kate M. Cronan, MD07/02/20182b52aa0b-27fe-4454-81d6-4c0dedd8e32d<p><a href="" style="line-height: 16.8px;"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="" alt="First Aid" name="4990-P_FIRSTAID_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p>If your child loses a baby <a href="">tooth</a> earlier than expected, there's no need to try to replace it. But if a permanent tooth comes out, it's a dental emergency. Permanent teeth have the best chance of being saved when replaced within 15 minutes. So it's important to act quickly and follow the guidelines below.</p> <p>Many other dental injuries are less urgent, but may need to be looked at by a dentist. Most dental injuries in preschool and school-age kids happen from falls, while dental injuries in teens are often sports-related. If you think your child has signs of head or other injuries, call your doctor.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <h4>If a baby, toddler, or young child injures the gums or baby teeth:</h4> <ol class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Apply pressure to the area (if it's bleeding) with a piece of cold, wet gauze. If your child is old enough to follow directions, ask him or her to bite down on the gauze.</li> <li>Offer an ice pop to suck on to reduce swelling, or hold an ice-pack wrapped in a washcloth to the cheek.</li> <li>Give <a href="">acetaminophen</a> or <a href="">ibuprofen</a> as needed for pain.</li> <li>Call a dentist.</li> <li>Watch for swelling of the gums, continued pain, a <a href="">fever</a>, or a change in the color of the tooth.</li> </ol> <h4>If a permanent tooth is chipped or broken:</h4> <ol class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Collect all pieces of the tooth.</li> <li>Rinse the mouth with warm water.</li> <li>Call a dentist right away to schedule a visit.</li> </ol> <h3>Get Medical Care if a Permanent Tooth Is Knocked Out:</h3> <p>Go to the dentist or emergency room after following these steps: &nbsp;</p> <ol class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Find the tooth. Call a dentist&nbsp;<strong>right away </strong>or go to an emergency room if you aren't sure if it's a permanent tooth (baby teeth have smooth edges).</li> <li>Hold the tooth by the crown (the "chewing" end of the tooth) &mdash; <strong>not</strong> the root.</li> <li>Place the tooth in a <a href="">balanced salt solution</a> (like Save-A-Tooth), if you have it. If not, place the tooth in a saline solution or a container of milk or your child's saliva. You also can place the tooth between your lower lip and gum. <strong>Don't store it in tap water.</strong></li> <li>For older kids and teens, <span>try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. Have your child bite down on gauze to help keep it in place.</span></li> <li>If the tooth is stored in a container (rather than back in the socket), have your child bite down on a gauze pad or handkerchief to relieve bleeding and pain.</li> </ol> <h3>Think Prevention!</h3> <p>Make sure kids wear mouthguards and <a href="">protective gear</a> for contact sports and helmets while <a href="">biking</a>, <a href="">skateboarding</a>, and inline skating. <a href="">Childproof</a> your house to <a href="">prevent falls</a>.</p>
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