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How to handle childhood tooth trauma

Just about the time a youngster's first teeth start coming in, they are also learning to walk. That can set them up for dental injuries, that only increase as they grow older and become more active.

Pediatric dentist, Dr. Eric Sanders, says baby teeth are frequently knocked out by falls, sports and rough play.  "Children will fall during that time period and when they fall, most of the time it's to the face and they are trying to protect their face with their hands, but that doesn't usually work out," said Dr. Sanders.

You don't put baby teeth back in," said Dr. Sanders, "permanent teeth you do, baby teeth you don't."

The treatment plan will take a more serious turn if a permanent tooth is knocked out. In that case, the best thing to immediately do is submerge the tooth in a glass of milk to preserve it until you can get to the dentist.  "If you get to the dentist within two hours, put the tooth back in and have it splinted, the chances of that tooth surviving greatly increases," said Dr. Sanders.

When a tooth injury occurs, a neurological assessment also needs to be done to make sure there was no loss of consciousness and there is no nausea, vomiting or excessive bleeding.

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