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Accidents and kids naturally go together, and over the years many a child has had a tooth knocked out while playing. If this happens to your child, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association have some guidelines for saving the tooth.

Step 1: Find the lost tooth a soon as possible.

Step 2: Do not handle the tooth by the root. Instead, try to only touch the crown of the tooth, which is protected by enamel.

Step 3: Gently rinse off any dirt or debris. Never brush it or scrub the tooth.

Step 4: The best place for the tooth is the socket where it can re-form connective tissues. Place it back in the socket if you can.

Step 5: If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, place it in a small container of milk or salt water.

Step 6: Contact your dentist immediately for an emergency appointment or if necessary, take your child to the emergency room.

If your child has had a tooth knocked out, you should call our dentist, Dr. Danlu Lee & Wendy Yeung right away. To reach Radiant Smiles Family Dentistry in Kirkland, Washington, call (425) 828.9721.