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What are some first aid steps for a knocked-out teeth?

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  • See a dentist or go to an emergency room immediately.
  • Handle teeth carefully. Touch only the crown, the top part of the tooth.
  • Rinse the tooth gently in a bowl of lukewarm water for no more than 10 seconds only if there is dirt or foreign matter on it.
  • Rinse mouth with warm water.
  • If possible, reinsert permanent teeth into the correct sockets and have the person bite on a gauze pad to hold teeth in place.
  • If you can't reinsert permanent teeth, or for baby teeth or teeth fragments, store them in whole milk.

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: "Dental Emergencies or Injuries."

Doughlass, A. February 2003. American Family Physician,

KidsHealth: "Dental Emergencies;" "Knocked-Out Tooth;" and "Tooth injuries."

Children's Hospital Boston: "Teeth injuries."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 19, 2017

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: "Dental Emergencies or Injuries."

Doughlass, A. February 2003. American Family Physician,

KidsHealth: "Dental Emergencies;" "Knocked-Out Tooth;" and "Tooth injuries."

Children's Hospital Boston: "Teeth injuries."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 19, 2017

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