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Accidental Tooth Loss by Injury

It can happen in the blink of an eye: an accident that leaves a tooth hanging by a thread or lying on the ground. 

Kids, sports, adults, it can happen to just about anyone anywhere. Ouch! But if it does happen, it's important to know the proper first aid. 

-If the tooth is loose (even extremely so!) but is still attached in any way, leave it in place. Do not remove it! - If it is out of its socket completely and unattached, but still in the victim's mouth, it is best to have the person hold the tooth in their mouth, if possible, until a dentist can attempt re-implantation. 
- If the tooth is out of the mouth, do not let it dry out. Handle it as little as possible. Do not attempt to disinfect the tooth, or scrub it, or remove any tissue attached to it. 
- If the tooth is recovered from the ground or other soiled area, rinse it off in lukewarm water. Preserve it in milk until a dentist is available. If milk is not available, lukewarm water will suffice.

Time out of the socket is crit…

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