It is estimated that over 20 million children participate in one sport or another. With that amount of children participating, there is a higher chance for injury. But did you know that 10-20% of sports related injuries are dental?
The National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety found an athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouthguard. Often times these injuries will result in permanent damage..
Preventing Sports Related Dental Injury
Sports related dental injuries are easily preventable with the right equipment.
The American Dental Association recommends wearing custom mouthguards for the following sports: acrobatics, basketball, boxing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, shot putting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, and wrestling. Other experts include baseball and softball infielders on that list.
Barnes McDonnell & Parsons can create a custom sports mouthguard for your child in either our Ormond Beach or Port Orange office. We will do an impression of your child's teeth and within a few days they will have a new mouthguard molded to fit their unique smile.
Damaged teeth don't grow back! Protect that perfect smile with a custom mouthguard.
Below are just a few of the injuries that can be sustained if your child doesn't have a properly fitted mouthguard.
Types of Dental Injuries
A cracked or fractured tooth can range in severity from barely visible cracks to part of the tooth being chipped off. In the event of a noticeable tooth fracture, stabilize the portion of the tooth still in the mouth by gently biting on a towel to control bleeding.
Try to locate any missing tooth fragments and immediately go to the dentist. It is more important to get to the dentist than taking time to try to find the remnants. The remnants should be put in milk or under the child's tongue if there is no danger of him or her swallowing it.
Dentists refer to a knocked out tooth as an "avulsed" tooth. That includes the entire tooth, including the root. While this is a serious dental emergency, it can be fixed if you act quickly.
Follow these suggestions to improve the chance of saving the tooth:
- Never handle the root of the tooth (the part the goes under the gums)
- Do not try to scrub or wipe off the tooth. If it is dirty, gently rinse with milk. If you don't have milk you can rinse with water.
- If possible, try to place tooth back in socket and have your child bite down on a towel. Don't force the tooth into the socket.
- If you're unable to place the tooth in the socket, put it in milk (or your child's saliva) and get to the dentist immediately. If nothing else is available, you can place the tooth in water.
This term refers to when the tooth is still in socket, but in the wrong position. This could mean that tooth is extruded and appears longer than surrounding teeth, or is laterally displacement - pushed back or pulled forward.
If a luxation occurs, the tooth will need to be repositioned into position by a dentist as soon as possible. It is best to not try to reposition the tooth on your own, especially if tooth is pushed down into gum.