Toothpaste Emergencies – For after hours emergencies please contact or visit the emergency department of a hospital near you and read our advice below on accidents and trauma.
Time is important in replacing teeth.
- Find the tooth and pick it up by the crown (the part of the tooth that’s seen in the mouth, not the root which holds the tooth into bone.
- If it is a baby tooth – give it to the tooth fairy (you can do damage to the next tooth if you try and replace it!)
- If the tooth is clean, place it straight back in its socket (hole). If the tooth is dirty, wash it for a few seconds in milk and place it back in its socket.
- If you can’t replace the tooth, place it in a glass of milk. Get your child to the dentist immediately with the tooth.
- Wash any wound with clean running water.
- Stop bleeding by placing pressure to the injured area with gauze or cotton wool for 5 minutes.
- See your dentist. Lost baby teeth are usually not replaced because this may cause damage to the adult teeth.
Occasionally the dentist is able to “glue” the tooth fragment back into place. Find the tooth fragment and place it into water. Contact the dental surgery.
- Look for playgrounds with a safe surface. Wood chips, sand or shredded rubber are good.
- Avoid asphalt and concrete.
- Keep chairs and other furniture away from windows.
- Use safety gates to keep toddlers away from stairs.
- Don’t use baby walkers.
- Use safety belts to restrain your child in shopping carts. Stay close to the cart while you shop.
For more detailed information about trauma and treatment please visit the Dental Trauma Guide website.
Our dental surgery is attended during the following work hours:
Gold Coast University Hospital
Outside of the above times, please contact the emergency department of a hospital near you.