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Losing teeth is a lot easier than you might think. Any sort of trauma to your face – when playing contact sports, for example – puts you at risk for losing teeth.

Teeth that suddenly pop out need immediate attention and care. That’s why we’ve put together these two pieces of incredibly important tips to help you know exactly what to do should you lose a tooth.

So let’s look at what those are.

Handle the tooth with care

If you lose a tooth suddenly, you need to carefully handle it or else you’re going to lose the tooth for good. Don’t ever touch the root. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it off with milk by holding the crown (the top of the tooth). If don’t have milk, water works as well.

Slip it back into the socket

The best way to preserve the tooth is to place the tooth back in its socket as soon as possible. After rinsing try to put it back where it came from. If you are unable to put the tooth back in its socket, then place it in milk or water and rush to our office as soon as you can.

Getting into the dentist as soon as you lose a tooth is imperative. If you have any questions about what else to do when you lose a tooth unexpectedly, call Kirkwood Dental in Campbell, California, at 408-378-8500 to get your answers or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Vinh T. Pham.