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Do you know what to do in the event your child (or you) loses a tooth unexpectedly and it is not one to go under the pillow for the tooth fairy? As traumatic as losing a tooth can be, it doesn’t have to cause you PTSD!

It helps to have a plan in mind in case the unexpected happens. Here are some tips to help if you ever find yourself staring at a tooth in the palm of your hand:

–put the tooth in a bowl of lukewarm water to rinse off any debris. Just be sure to handle the tooth by the crown, not the roots!

–see if you can put the tooth back in the socket, or between the gums and cheek. This is a safe place to keep the tooth because the saliva is the best environment for the tooth.

–you can keep the tooth in place by putting some moist gauze on top of the tooth to cradle it.

–if you can’t keep the tooth in the mouth, you can put it in a tooth preserving container that you have in your emergency kit.

–if you those are not an option then you can put the tooth in some milk, and if that fails, you can put it in some saliva in a plastic bag.

Then get to your dental office as soon as possible, but if we are not open, go to the emergency room.

If you have any questions about putting together a dental emergency kit we invite you to call our office and we will be happy to help you! 941-256-2488.