Those first baby teeth are an important milestone in your child’s development. They’re important to help her start to talk and chew food, and be a placeholder for her permanent teeth. Losing baby teeth is a natural process, but accidents will happen, especially as your baby becomes a toddler.
Despite your best efforts, baby teeth can crack or chip, or even be knocked out in a fall or accident. Don’t ignore it, even though it will be replaced by a permanent tooth. If it’s badly cracked, chipped, or lost completely, get to the dentist right away. If you have the piece of tooth that’s lost, or the tooth itself, bring it with you. You might want to give use some ice covered with a cloth to prevent swelling.
If your child damages or loses a permanent tooth, find the tooth or fragments if you can and bring them with you to the dentist. If you can’t get to a dentist right away, put the tooth in milk until you do. If the tooth is intact, you could try rinsing it gently (don’t scrub) and try to place the tooth back in the socket until you can get to the dentist.
Don’t panic! A baby tooth will soon be replaced with a permanent tooth and a permanent tooth can be repaired with a crown or dental bonding and look as good as new!
Call us at our dental office in Boulder at 303.447.9161 for all your dental care needs. We want to help keep everyone in your family healthy and well!