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How to Deal with a Knocked Out Tooth

Watch more How to Give First Aid videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn what to do if a tooth gets knocked out; the first aid instructions are in this Howcast video. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Find tooth Find your tooth—or piece of tooth—as quickly as possible. Step 2: Pick up by tip Pick it up by the tip only—not the roots. Step 3: Apply gauze Apply sterile gauze to the socket where the tooth was knocked out to staunch the bleeding. Step 4: Gently rinse tooth Gently rinse the tooth in a cup of water. Tip Move fast—a dentist has the best chance of reimplanting a tooth within 30 minutes—but very gently. Don't try to wipe the tooth clean or hold it under running water. Step 5: Place tooth in socket Place the tooth back into its socket. Tip Do this for adults only—children may swallow the tooth. Step 6: Place gauze pad Place a gauze pad or a moistened tea bag over the tooth, between the bottom and upper teeth, and very gently close your mouth to hold it in place. Tip If you are unable to place the tooth back in the socket, submerge it in a cup of whole milk or your own saliva—not water—until you can get to the dentist. Transporting the tooth dry can cause permanent nerve damage to the tooth within a few minutes. Step 7: Seek emergency care Seek emergency care immediately. If you cannot get to a dentist right away, go to a hospital emergency room—and don't forget the tooth! Did You Know? No one's sure exactly how the tooth fairy myth started, but its modern version—a fairy that replaces a shed baby tooth under a pillow with money or candy—didn't show up until the early 1900s.
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