What to do if a child's tooth is knocked out

Dentist Gina Gonzalez, DDS, shares advice for parents on what to do if your child has a tooth knocked out and how to care for the tooth so it can be re-implanted
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What to do if a child's tooth is knocked out

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If a child's tooth is knocked out, first of all, it's a very scary situation. If it's a primary tooth and it looks like the tooth is intact, then you just save it, but do not try to re-implant it in the mouth. If it's a permanent tooth and it looks like it's completely come out, you either put it under the child's tongue, if they can keep it there, to keep it moist with saliva, or you put the tooth in milk and get to the dentist. It's an emergency. The tooth can be re-implanted, but it's important not to brush or clean any of the fibers around the tooth that was knocked out because the fibers help in the re-adhering process of the tooth back in the socket.

Dentist Gina Gonzalez, DDS, shares advice for parents on what to do if your child has a tooth knocked out and how to care for the tooth so it can be re-implanted

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Gina Gonzalez, DDS

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Dr. Gina Gonzalez, DDS has been interested in dental care most of her life. She started working as a dental assistant in high school.  After graduating, she pursued her career by attending the University of Southern California from which she earned a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 1982.  She was involved in creating new standards for dental hygiene in Spain where she also developed a dental hygiene school.

Dr. Gina Gonzalez earned her doctorate of dental surgery from the USC School of Dentistry in 1991.  As a lifelong learner, Dr. Gonzalez continues to study preventive and esthetic dentistry at renowned educational institutions all over the United States.  Her certifications include CEREC technology and Invisalign.  In addition to providing superb dental services to patients in her office, she dedicates her knowledge and skill to many philanthropic projects in the community and worldwide.  Annually, she is involved in a dental mission to Guatemala in which she provides dental care to people who would go without it otherwise.  She also regularly serves the elderly in Southern California through the Oral Eldercare Program. Dr. Gina Gonzalez is part of the USC School of Dentistry Board of Directors and is a member of the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association.   

In her leisure time, she enjoys Salsa dancing, participating in the art of Krav Maga and entertaining her two wonderful daughters.

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