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Act Fast To Save A Knocked-out Tooth

Participation in sports has undeniable health benefits, especially with nearly a third of all American kids overweight or obese. Still, lots of athletes — both children and adults — sustain injury to their teeth during play. The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation estimates that more than 3 million teeth were knocked out in U.S. youth sporting events in 2011. Quick action can save a knocked-out tooth. Here's what to do:

  1. Rinse the tooth with clean water if it appears dirty. Do not scrub.
  2. Try to replant the clean tooth in the socket, with the flat surface forward.
  3. (If this can't be done, put the tooth in cold water or preferably cold milk.)
  4. Apply pressure to the replanted tooth for five minutes.
  5. Rush the injured person to a dentist.
  6. Get the injured person a tetanus shot within a day or two if it's been more than 10 years since the last one.

Most importantly, remember that wearing a custom-made mouthguard [1] is the best way to prevent dental injuries [2]!