- April 2, 2017
As a parent, you hate to see your children in pain.
At the same time, if your kids play sports, you know that accidents and injuries can happen. That includes dental injuries.
In fact, the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation estimated that 3 million teeth would be knocked out in a single year during sporting events. We think most people would agree that lost teeth and broken teeth would qualify as dental emergencies.
If either of these things should happen to someone you love, call 877-321-1933 to reach our dentist office in Holly, MI, as soon as you are able. In fact, we encourage you to save our number in your phone to you can find it quickly if you ever do need emergency dental care.
Likewise, everyone at our Holly Dental Care team wants to remind you how valuable athletic mouthguards can be in preventing dental emergencies from happening.
April is National Facial Protection Month, so it’s a good time to review what you can and should do to protect your family’s smiles.
If A Tooth Is Knocked Loose
Before we go on, we want to review what you should do if a tooth does get knocked out.
First, try to find the tooth. If you do, pick it up by the crown (avoid touching the roots as much as possible. Then rinse the tooth. The person missing a tooth should rinse his or her mouth as well.
If the person is bleeding, he or she can hold gauze in his or her mouth until the bleeding stops. (Change gauze as needed.) Then rinse his or her mouth again.
At this point, you can try to place the tooth back in its socket. If it will stay, leave it there until you are able to see one of our dentists.
If the tooth won’t stay in its socket, place it in a container of milk. In some cases, we may still be able to save it.
Ice or a cold pack can reduce swelling, and an over-the-counter may help alleviate the pain.
If the tooth can’t be saved, one of our dentists at Holly Dental Care can discuss what other options you can consider.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
You can’t prevent every accident that may happen. What you can do is prepare yourself to minimize the harm that may occur because of those accidents.
This is the reason people wear seat belts when they are driving or riding in cars and trucks. It’s also the reason we encourage you to wear athletic mouthguards while playing sports.
And it’s not just us. Mouthguards are recommended by these organizations:
▸ Academy for Sports Dentistry
▸ American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
▸ American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
▸ American Association of Orthodontists
▸ American Dental Association
While we are prepared to help with a missing or broken tooth, we know it’s better for everyone if your teeth stay in your mouth and remain whole.
Athletic mouthguards greatly reduce your risk of this happening. In the same study we mentioned earlier, the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation noted that athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to suffer dental injuries than athletes who wear mouthguards.
Better Fit Equals Better Protection
We want to be clear that wearing any kind of athletic mouthguard is better than wearing no mouthguard. Not all mouthguards are created equal, however.
Stock mouthguards can’t be molded to the shape of your mouth. This can make them uncomfortable and ill-fitting. And that can discourage a young athlete from wearing it.
Boil-and-bite mouthguards are a step in the right direction. They offer a limited ability to be molded into a particular shape.
Unfortunately, these can also be bulky. As such, they can interfere with an athlete’s ability to communicate with teammates and coaches. Some people also find that the mouthguards interfere with their ability to breathe during practices and games.
This is why the organizations listed above recommend custom-fitted athletic mouthguards. These are made from an impression of your teeth.
As a result, these are smaller than boil-and-bite mouthguards while still offer the best protection for your or your loved one’s teeth. And having a smaller mouthguard makes it easier to breathe and speak while leaving the mouthguard in place.
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