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First Aid for Knocked Out Teeth


– Hello, I’m Emma Hammett
the founder and CEO of First Aid for Life,
firstaidforlife.org.uk. Today I’m going to cover what to do if you find someone has had a mouth injury. If they were cycling along and someone opened the car
door is a real classic one and they go straight into the door, it can knock out their teeth. If it’s a child playing at the swings and the swing flies up
and hits them in the face or they run into the side of a table, a small table or something,
they tripped over one of my son’s friends,
someone was playing a joke and they slapped him on the back and he went straight into his desk and knocked his front teeth out. If the tooth has come out in
its entirety, it can be saved. The priority however is
if you’ve got someone who has had a head injury. So if they’ve been hit hard in the face, do think that they may
well have some degree of whiplash and that they
could have a head injury. Those would be more serious injuries than the superficial injury
that is quite alarming because there will be a lot of blood because mouths bleed a lot
because they’re very vascular. Don’t be distracted
immediately by the blood loss. It’s more important to
just work out whether you think that they have had
a very serious head injury and could have any degree of spinal damage or head injury side of
things because of that. If it is just a mouth injury, then you’re priority will
be to stop the bleeding. Get them ideally to bite on something. A bit of clean non-fluffy cloth, whatever you happen to have. Clean non-fluffy, if you’re
a Mum you’ll probably have a muslin nappy,
well if you’re a new Mum, with you, that would be
great if it was a clean one. Get them to bite on that. If there are loose teeth, if they’re able to remove it themselves
then that would be good. If it is completely
loose and has fallen out. Any tooth that is there
with the root on it as I said before can be saved. Any bits of teeth that have been snapped, then I’m afraid you won’t be
able to do anything with those. If might still be worth
popping them in your pocket and taking them with you when you take the casualty to a good
dentist or a dental hospital. Your priority is to stop the bleeding. Get them to bite on a cloth. If you have a wrapped ice pack
that will reduce any swelling and then the key thing
then is to get them help. For the tooth itself, if
it has been knocked out in its entirety, if it
is popped into some milk, or some saliva, so you can
get them to spit into a pot, or you could spit into a pot, or if you are a loving
parent and you’re somewhere where there isn’t any milk or
a pot that you can spit into, you could put a child’s tooth
in the side of your mouth so long as you’re sure you’re
not going to swallow it. That saliva can keep that tooth alive until you get the casualty and the tooth to a good quality interventive dentist or a dental hospital where they can see whether
or not they can reimplant it. It’s unlikely they will
reimplant milk teeth. Very occasionally they
do, but it’s unlikely. But if it is a permanent tooth and it hasn’t got damaged and they feel that it is likely to take, then you’ve given them
the very best chance to be able to reimplant it. Don’t wash the tooth, don’t touch the root if you can avoid it. Just handle it very carefully
and get as quickly as you can for them to be treated. Don’t forget they have had a head injury so keep a lookout for
signs of anything unusual for the next 24 to 48 hours because you’re looking for after affects from the head injury. I hope that’s been helpful. That’s Emma Hammett
firstaidforlife.org.uk. There’s many more free
resources on our website.

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