Dental injury first aid

Richard Pass, RN, Registered Nurse, shares advice for parents on how to properly treat your child's broken tooth, knocked out tooth, or other dental injury
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Dental injury first aid

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Dental injuries are actually quite common in the pediatric population. This is an age group in which people – little people – fall with some frequency. If a tooth is knocked out completely we still have an opportunity to save that tooth and re-implant it. That tooth that is knocked out should be kept as clean as possible and preferably stored inside a small amount of clean or sterile gauze. That gauss can then be saturated with either milk or sterile water, placed in a zip lock bag and then placed on something that's cool but not frozen or too cold. If the tooth itself is chipped or broken in one piece but not completely knocked out we'd like you to save that piece in a similar fashion and immediately contact the family dentist. If the tooth is knocked loose but is not out or broken it is important to get to the dentist as quickly as possible. And remember, many of these injuries will also include other facial injuries that may be bleeding and cause concern, but it's important for the parents to stay as cool and collected as they possibly can and handle these situations with care.

Richard Pass, RN, Registered Nurse, shares advice for parents on how to properly treat your child's broken tooth, knocked out tooth, or other dental injury

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Richard Pass, RN, BS, was born in Los Angeles. He studied nursing in Portland, Oregon and has since practiced nursing for 35 years, including ICU, Emergency, and Cardiology nursing. Richard started his CPR & Family Safety educational company, Save a Little Life, Inc., in 1999. With Save a Little Life, Inc., Richard presents house calls and classes all over the Los Angeles area. He teaches medical-surgical nursing at California State University, and is married with two grown children and one grandchild.

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