What Do I Do if My Child Has a Dead Tooth?


Children normally lose their baby teeth before 12.

The tooth is lost before another tooth naturally replaces it. In other cases, the tooth has never had another tooth germinate, therefore remaining alone.

If you’re wondering what to do if your child has an injury to their teeth, there are a few techniques to improve the situation.

Read and learn what to do if your child has a dead tooth.

Sanitize Your Hands and Tools

Dead teeth can be a breeding ground for bacteria, so it is essential to take precautions. If your child has a dead tooth, it is necessary to sanitize your hands and tools before proceeding. It helps you to prevent the spread of infection.

Once your hands and tools are sanitized, you can gently remove the dead tooth. If the bleeding does not stop, seek medical attention.

Numb the Area

It is essential to numb the area with a topical anesthetic. Once the drug has taken effect, you can gently brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush. You can also remove the tooth with a pair of tweezers if the tooth is loose.

If the tooth is not loose, you should see a dentist and have it removed. It is important to go to a pediatric dentist regularly to check if there’s a tooth injury.

But before you do, you must check their services offered to make sure it is the best type of treatment for your child. 

Clean the Area 

You can use a toothbrush and toothpaste, or a cotton swab dipped in hydrogen peroxide to clean the affected area. Be sure to rinse the area well.

You may also need to floss the area to remove any food particles that may be stuck in the tooth.

Dispose of the Tooth

You can either bury the tooth or flush it down the toilet. Bury the tooth at least two feet deep in the ground so that animals will not be able to dig it up.

If you flush the tooth down the toilet, wrap it in toilet paper first, so it does not clog the pipes.

Apply Gauze Pad

If the gauze pad is not working, you may need to seek medical attention. It helps you to absorb any blood that may be coming from the tooth.

You may also need to apply pressure to the area to help stop the bleeding.

Learn the Treatment for a Dead Tooth Today

If your child has a dead tooth, here are some of the techniques you need to do as a first aid treatment. If left untreated, a dead tooth can lead to infections, pain, and tooth loss.

For severe cases, you should take them to the dentist as soon as possible. The dentist will be able to determine if the tooth needs to be removed or if it can be saved.

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LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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Dead teeth are a common complaint among children. They can cause pain and discomfort, which may lead to poor oral hygiene, poor eating habits and even tooth decay. If your child has a dead tooth, it’s important to take action before the tooth becomes infected. You should also see your dentist if you suspect that your child has a decaying tooth.