Jun 12, 2019


Announcer: The Health Minute. Produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Somehow your child knocks out one of their teeth. Dr. Hans Reinemer is a pediatric dentist. If that happens, what advice do you have to save that tooth?

Dr. Reinemer: Well, the first thing that the parents need to do is understand the importance of prevention, so a good mouth guard is very important to have for your child. Whether they're involved in athletic sports or not, it's important to have a good relationship with a dentist. Somebody that you know and trust, you have a phone number you can get a hold of them in case of an emergency.

Interviewer: And what about the tooth itself?

Dr. Reinemer: If it's knocked out, the most important thing that you can do is reposition the tooth into the socket. If you cannot do that, then consider a good storage medium such as cold milk, or a commercially available product called Save-A-Tooth. Put that tooth into that storage medium, and transport it. So get to your dentist within 30 minutes, if possible. That increases the rate of survival of your teeth.

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