If Your Kid Knocks a Tooth Out… Just Shove It Back In?!

Here’s a fun scenario for you parents out there… Your 10-year-old just knocked their front tooth out.  What do you do with it?  According to this, you should shove that sucker BACK IN!

A pediatric dentist just did a video about what to do in that situation. Watch above.  You’ve probably heard that putting a tooth in milk can help save it, which is true.  However, she says putting it back in the socket is better, “even if it’s the wrong way.”

Now this is ONLY for adult teeth.  Baby teeth don’t matter and it’s also not possible if the tooth broke off.  But assuming it’s still in one piece, here are the four steps to the this process.

1.  Don’t pick it up by the root.  Don’t touch the root at all, just the crown.

2.  Rinse it with water.  No soap or chemicals, and don’t dry it.  You need to keep it wet.

3.  Gently try to slide it back into your screaming child’s mouth.  It should slip right in there, but if it’s not happening, don’t force it.  You’ve still got the milk option.

By the way…If you don’t have milk, you could also put the tooth in YOUR mouth for safe keeping.  Just tuck it right in your cheek.  Talk about  family bonding!  Don’t put it in a young child’s cheek though, or they might swallow it.  Also don’t put it in tap water.

4.  Go straight to a dentist.  If it’s not back in the socket within an hour, there’s less of a chance they can save it.

SOURCES: BuzzFeed / The Conversation / KidsHealth
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