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Knocked-out teeth

If you fall or get hit in the mouth and your tooth gets knocked out, it can be saved if you act quickly. Take care of the tooth and get to a dentist or emergency room as soon as possible.

Here's what to do when your tooth gets knocked out:

  • Make sure you're okay. If you're unconscious, can't feel a part of your body, or have other serious injuries, someone should call for an ambulance.
  • If your tooth is still attached but very loose, leave it in place and go to the dentist.
  • If your tooth is knocked out, hold it by the enamel (the white part). Don't touch the roots, the part that is usually inside the gums.
  • Rinse your tooth off with water. Don't scrub it!
  • Try to gently put your tooth back into its hole. If it doesn't go in easily, keep it under your tongue or between your gums and cheek. If you think you're going to swallow the tooth, put it in a glass of milk. Don't let your tooth dry out!
  • If the hole is bleeding, put some gauze or cotton in it and bite down.
  • Get to the dentist or the emergency room as soon as possible!
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