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Accidents happen to everyone, including children. When that accident involves a knocked-out tooth, what should you do? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association have some answers.

Step 1: You should locate the lost tooth right away.

Step 2: When you find the tooth, don’t handle it by the roots, only by the crown. The crown is covered with enamel, which protects the tooth from bacteria.

Step 3: Using cool water, gently rinse off any dirt or debris. Never brush or scrub tooth, since doing so may actually damage it.

Step 4: The best place for the tooth while you are heading to the dentist or the emergency room is in it’s socket. If you can put the tooth back in place, it can start to re-form its connection to the tissues.

Step 5: If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, then you should place it in a container of milk, or a salt-water solution until you can see the dentist.

Step 6: You should contact your dentist or the emergency room right away for an appointment.

If your child has had a tooth accidentally knocked out, you should call our dentist, Dr. Timothy R. Lund immediately. You can reach River Rock Dental Group in Belgrade, Montana for an emergency appointment by calling 406-388-0033.