So the other day I was on the phone catching up with one of my besties Marylouise. I have talked about Marylouise on my blog before because not only is she awesome but her husband and her kids are awesome too! Like unreal awesome. She has TWO sets of twins! Two boys the same age as my Lily, ten and then a boy and girl who are five. We just went on a Disney trip with them in December and I get to see her in a few weeks for our third annual Spring Break trip with one of our other besties Heather. I adore Marylouise’s family so much that she and I jokingly always talk about our plans for an arranged marriage for her son Luke and my Lily. Ha!
Speaking of Luke, while she and I were chatting she said, “have I got a story for you!” You know when one of your girlfriends says that to you, you are all ears! She stold me the other day her family was at one of those jumpy places for another kid’s birthday party and her son came up to her with blood all of over his face. Apparently, while jumping he hit himself in the jaw with his knees and knocked out his front tooth. As in he had it in his hands with blood. EEEEEK! So while her husband was trying to get in touch with their family dentist to see if they could get an emergency appt, Marylouise was scouring the internet to see what you were supposed to do in the meantime. Apparently, she read that if the tooth is NOT a baby tooth as in permanent, you are supposed to try and place the tooth back in the socket. Say WHAAAAAAAT???!!!!! For real. So that’s what she did. She also read that if you can’t do that, then you are supposed to transport the tooth in milk, not water until you can make it into your dental office. Thankfully, they made it to their dental office a few hours later and then they got him in the next day to an orthodontist to have emergency braces put on to hold the tooth. She said her dentist said placing it back in the root was they best thing she could have done! I couldn’t even believe this story. How have I never heard of this before? I told Marylouise I had to share this story with all of you because it’s just so crazy!
I even decided to email my daughter’s dentist Dr. Kim at Pediatric Dentistry while writing this story because I wanted to ask her all about this and how I have never heard about this before. This was her response:
“Hey Cindy, it depends if it is a permanent tooth or a baby tooth. If it is a permanent tooth yes you should not touch the root, place it back in the socket and see your dentist ASAP. Need to make sure tetanus is up to date. If it is a baby tooth don’t re-implant. It can cause problems with the permanent tooth. If you can’t re-implant permanent tooth the best storage solution is Save-a-tooth, which most people don’t have just lying around. Alternative transport medium can be to keep it in your mouth and hold it in the bottom near your lip or milk. Don’t put it in water! But yes seek dental treatment immediately for a permanent avulsed tooth. Hope he is doing okay and let me know if you have any other questions! Also, if you are unsure if it is a baby tooth or permanent tooth go ahead and put it in transport medium and call your dentist – better to be safe than sorry!”
WHO KNEW? So there ya go. Now ya know! Am I the only one who has never heard of this before??!!
XO Surviving Mommy