Out of the Mouths of Babes

I think every mother has a nightmare of having her child get a tooth knocked out. I had this lovely opportunity today – Bee was running down the cement steps to our back yard, tripped and fell and came back up minus a front tooth! Much of the edge was taken off on this for me, since the tooth has already been dead for a couple of years, as the result of getting headbutted (accidentally) by her older brother Zee when he was her age.

Unfortunately, since it is Saturday, our dentist is not open, and she will have to wait . . . but I really doubt there is anything that they can do anyway. If the tooth had been alive, I think they can fix it, but with a dead tooth? I’m not so sure. But for now, the tooth is in a Ziploc bag with some ice in the refrigerator.  Just in case . . .

After cleaning up the blood and giving her a piece of ice to suck on, her take on the whole thing? When asked if she wanted the tooth fairy to bring her money,  she said “No way, I want candy!”


  1. SusanW
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    You are right, there might not be anything the dentist can do with this tooth but to preserve the tooth’s integrity (just in case) you should store the tooth in milk, not on ice.

    I think that storing a tooth in milk only works for 24 hours so you’ll need to call your dentist’s emergency line for more detailed info on what to do (if anything) in this type of situation.

    good luck!


  2. Sally
    Posted April 24, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    My 3 year old just knocked out TWO front teeth, but not the center ones, the ones next to them. She fell off the computer chair and hit her teeth straight on the counter. *sigh* These kids! lol

  3. Posted April 25, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Sally, yet another amazing use for milk!

  4. Posted April 29, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    She looks so cute. She’s a tough little critter, eh.

  5. Posted April 30, 2010 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    She is a tough little thing!