While the risk of injury shouldn’t deter children from playing sports, it’s important to be informed of the risks and to prepare to safely engage in any sporting activity ahead of time. Injuries to the teeth and mouth are common among athletes, and it is important and practical, however, to protect your child’s smile when they play sports. The aesthetic and health reasons here are considerable.
Common Dental Injuries in Sports
Tooth Knocked Out
When a tooth is knocked out, the goal is to successfully save the tooth and re-implant it. When a tooth has been knocked out, it is important not to touch the root if possible. Do not wrap the tooth in anything and transport it to the emergency room in liquid. The best options are milk and saliva. Other saline liquids can be used, and water is okay as a last resort.
Time is of the essence, there is only a 30-minute window to re-implant the tooth.
Tooth Chipped Or Cracked
Dr. Tiffany will take X-rays and assess the severity of the chip or crack. For more severe injuries that expose the pulp or if the tooth’s nerve is affected, more complex treatments may be needed. But, if the chip or crack is minimal it can be fixed with a filling or bonding.
If a tooth is moved, or displaced, due to impact or trauma it is important to see the dentist as soon as possible. Do not try to move the tooth back without professional help. For pain and discomfort before the dental appointment, you may apply ice to the area.
One of the best ways to prevent injury to your child’s teeth and mouth is to have them wear a mouthguard while playing sports. There are several types of mouthguards to choose from. Schedule a consultation can help you choose the best one for your young athlete’s particular needs.