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Has a tooth been knocked out, or has part of a tooth broken off?

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Is it a permanent tooth (not a milk tooth)?

self-help Caring for your child's teeth and gums

Sugar in the diet is the main cause of tooth decay. Minimizing the amount of sugar-containing foods that your child eats is the most important step you can take to keep his or her teeth healthy. You should also limit the amount of fizzy drinks, including "diet" drinks, that you give your child, because the acid in all fizzy drinks also damages teeth.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that increases the resistance of teeth to acid attack, thereby lowering the risk of decay. In many areas, fluoride is added to the water supply. If the amount of fluoride in your drinking water is low, make sure that your child's toothpaste contains fluoride and ask your dentist about fluoride supplements.

Teach your child the correct way to brush teeth (see Caring for your teeth and gums, p.207). Brush them for the child or supervise until he or she is able to manage alone.

Cleaning a young child's teeth

Use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on a soft toothbrush. The head of the brush should be as small as possible.

Brush your child's teeth from behind

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Has a tooth become loose as the result of an accident?

Does your child have continuous toothache with or without a fever?

no call your dentist now action If the gum is bleeding, place a gauze pad over it, and tell your child to bite down hard. Find the tooth, but handle it as little as possible and do not clean it. Put it in a glass of milk, and take it to the dentist with your child. Your dentist may be able to graft a knocked-out permanent tooth back into your child's gum. If part of the tooth has broken off, it may be possible to reattach it.

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