The school sports season has officially begun! It’s an exciting time for parents and kids. As a family dentist as well as one that handles emergency dental for over 30 years, I have seen many cases where kids come in for all types dental injuries due to sports. According to Journal of the American Dental Association 13-39% of all dental injuries are sports-related. Fortunately, many dental injuries are preventable with a properly fitted mouthguard. If your kid is playing competitive or contact sports, make sure he/she is wearing a custom fitted mouthguard.
Your dentist should always be the first person you contact when there is a dental emergency. However, it is, in my opinion, important for parents to get familiarized with some of the common dental injuries as well as how to adequately handle these injuries. Here are a few common dental injuries that are considered to be dental emergency:
A cracked or fractured tooth is not just a cosmetic dental issue. The inside of the tooth may be damaged as well. If this happens, you need to call your dentist immediately for an emergency care. Here are a few things you can do to help:
Rinse mouth with warm water
Place a cold, moist compress on the affected area to minimize swelling
Offer pain relief, eg Tylenol (according to age)
Do not apply anything to the gum
Tooth Intrusion is the displacement of the tooth into the alveolar bone. Depending on the force of the trauma, sometimes this may also injure the tooth’s ligament and its socket. You should call your dentist immediately and have him/her to look at it as soon as possible. Here is what you can do: