Athletics and Dental Injuries

Thursday, September 8th, 2011, 12:40 pm

The kids are all back in school which means physical education classes and team sports — it also means an increase in sports related dental injuries. How can you protect your child and what should you do if there is an injury to the mouth?

If your child is playing a contact sport such as football mouth protection is usually required. However, many injuries occur in sports that do not require mouthguards. It is estimated that more than 3 million teeth will be knocked out in youth sporting events in the US this year.

Mouth protection ranges from over-the-counter boil and bite mouthguards that usually only last a short time. Your dentist can provide a more custom fit mouth protector for your student athlete. If your student is a high achieving athlete he or she may benefit from one of the new performance enhancing mouthwear available from the UnderArmour brand available at Wilbanks Smile Center. These custom created appliances have been scientifically proven to enhance certain aspects of athletic performance.

If a child does suffer a cracked or broken tooth they should visit the dentist within 24 hours. If a tooth is knocked out it should be placed back in the mouth if possible or preserved in milk until you can get to the dentist or emergency room. Do not attempt to clean the tooth with water or store in water as this will damage the tissue. A tooth that has been knocked out needs to be back in the mouth within 30 minutes for the best chance of survival.

Please contact our Toccoa office today at 706-886-9439  to schedule your appointment for custom mouth protection for your child. A little prevention can avoid a lifetime of problems from a damaged tooth.

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