Now that the weather is finally warming up, kids will be heading outside to play baseball, softball, lacrosse, and other spring sports. While it is great to get outdoors and stay active — it’s also important that kids stay safe. Did you know that 13-39% of all dental injuries are sports-related? In honor of National Facial Protection Month, we are reminding all of our patients to wear mouthguards to protect their teeth when playing!
If your child is injured while playing an after school or community sport this spring, here are the steps that you can follow to care for their smile.
What to Do When Injuries Occur:
Broken tooth? Place all of the broken pieces in water or milk and give us a call. It’s important to see a dentist within 24 hours of breaking your tooth.
A displaced tooth is a tooth that is pushed forward, backward, sideways or rotated. If the tooth is hanging down, you can try to re-position it. However, it is important that you give our office a call immediately.
Knocked Out Tooth
Time is essential when it comes to lost teeth. See your dentist immediately, as re-plantation should be done within five to ten minutes. After you have found the tooth, hold it by the crown. You can rinse it off, but do not rub or touch the root. Put the tooth back in the socket and cover it with gauze to stabilize it.
Facial cuts should be cleaned and dressed appropriately. If you have cuts inside of your mouth, gently rinse your mouth with cold water and bite on some gauze.
If your teeth fit together properly when your mouth is closed, apply ice to your jaw and take ibuprofen to control any pain. Restrict your diet to soft foods — and if you are still experiencing pain within 24 hours, make sure you schedule a dental appointment. If your teeth do not fit together, it is important to seek emergency care. Apply ice to control the swelling while you wait.
If your child plays spring sports, we encourage you to reach out to our office. We create custom mouthguards for children — and can even customize the design to reflect their favorite sports team. Give one of our three convenient Long Island locations a call today to learn more!