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Tooth Injuries

This information is provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  For the complete first aid guide, click here.

Baby teeth

If knocked out or broken, apply clean gauze to control bleeding and call the pediatric dentist.

Permanent teeth

If knocked out, handle the tooth by the top and not the root (the part that would be in the gum). If dirty, rinse gently without scrubbing or touching the root. Do not use any cleansers. Use cold running water or milk. Place the tooth in clean water or milk and transport the tooth with the child when seeking emergency care. Call and go directly to the pediatric dentist or an emergency department. If the tooth is broken, save the pieces in milk and call the pediatric dentist right away. Stop bleeding using gauze or a cotton ball and pressure in the socket.

Important note: The information contained here should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.


Source First Aid (Copyright © 2011 American Academy of Pediatrics)