First Aid - Tooth (Child's) Knocked-Out Transport
- To save the tooth, it must be put back in its socket as soon as possible. 2 hours is the outer limit for survival. Right away is best. If more than 30 minutes away from dental care, try to replace the tooth. Put it back in the socket before going to the dentist. Use the method below:
- Rinse off the tooth with saliva or water (do not scrub it).
- Replace the tooth into the socket, facing the correct way.
- Press down on the tooth with your thumb. Do this until the crown is level with the tooth next to it.
- Have your child bite down on a wad of cloth. This will help to keep the tooth in place until you can reach your dentist.
- Note: Baby teeth can't be re-implanted.
If not able to put the permanent tooth back in its socket, follow these instructions:
- It is very important to keep the tooth moist. Do not let it dry out.
- Transport the tooth in milk or saliva. Milk is best.
- Milk Transport Option 1 (best). Place the tooth in a small plastic bag with some milk. Put the plastic bag in a cup of ice.
- Milk Transport Option 2. Place the tooth in a cup of cold milk.
- Saliva Transport Option 1 - for Child 12 Years or Older. Put the tooth inside the child's mouth. Be careful not to swallow it.
- Saliva Transport Option 2. Put the tooth in a cup. Keep the tooth moist with child's saliva (spit).
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