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Sports Dentistry - Education and Prevention: Play it Right!

Course Number: 679

Save Your Tooth Poster

Children between 7 and 10 years of age are more exposed to suffer avulsion due to the elasticity of the bone at this age. The IADT had created a “save your tooth” poster to be disseminated among schools, sport arenas, coaches, trainers, etc. The poster describes the steps to be taken following an avulsion of a permanent tooth. The poster was translated to more than 60 different languages and is available free of charge on the IADT website.

The steps to be followed are:

  1. Find the tooth. Hold the tooth by the crown (the white part), not by the root (the yellow part).

  2. Replant immediately, if possible.

  3. If contaminated, rinse shortly with cold tap water and put the tooth back in its place. This can be done by the child or an adult.

  4. Hold the tooth in place. Bite on a handkerchief to hold it in position and go to the dentist immediately.

  5. If you cannot put the tooth back in, place it in a cup of milk or saline.

  6. Seek immediately specialized dental treatment.

Good oral hygiene is absolutely necessary in the healing period!

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Figure 6. Save Your Tooth Poster