As soon-to-be parents of a baby boy, we are developing a new appreciation for how accident prone our little ones can be! When baby teeth suffer trauma, we are comforted in knowing that there will be a permanent tooth erupting to replace it eventually. When children are around the age of 6, they start to have more permanent teeth present. On rare occasions, typically when falling or during contact sports, a permanent tooth can be knocked out completely. If this should happen, retrieval of the missing tooth should be the first priority as it can possibly be replaced by your dentist. It has been documented that using cold Pedialyte solution to store an avulsed (knocked out) tooth has significantly higher periodontal ligament (PDL) cell survival than tap water. The survival and ability of PDL cells to proliferate is critical to the regeneration of oral tissue after damage. The more cells living, the better the chances of tooth survival over the long term. With any dental trauma, your dentist should be contacted immediately.
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