Your 12-year-old son has charged his way down the staircase, 2 steps at a time and trips on the last one, landing on his face.

Just a minor bruise, but his front permanent incisor has neatly flown out of his mouth and landed on the floor.

Different scenarios, an accident, a fight or in sports – see the loss of a tooth. In about 90% of the cases, the tooth can be re-implanted if you reach the dentist within 30 minutes. How should you preserve the fallen tooth? The tooth should not be rinsed to remove dirt or placed in gauze or on ice. The outer cells need to be kept alive to help it in re-attaching to the bone.

The best way is to just drop the tooth into a container of milk or saline solution and taken as soon as possible to the dentist.

Remember, speed is the essence here. The faster you get to the dentist, the better!

August 7, 2018