Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Mouth Injuries Related To Sports

Sports will be starting  in a couple weeks, did you know sports is the leading cause in mouth injuries? If you play or have played a sport you have been probably been hit in the mouth at least once. The most common injuries that a dentist has seen related to sports are: broken, displaced or knocked out teeth, and broken jaws.
What should you do if you or your child loses a tooth?

If a tooth has been knocked out, the tooth needs to back in the mouth with in 30 min. for the best chance of survival.
·  Avoid touching the root because it can be damaged easily.

·  If the tooth is dirty, hold it by the upper part and rinse it off with milk. If you don't have milk, don't clean it. Wiping it off may cause more damage.

·  If you can't get it back in the socket, put it in a cup of milk and head for the dentist or emergency room.

***Milk will help provide nutrients to the cells, DO NOT place/wash tooth in water***

What should you do if you or your child's jaw is hurt?

·  See a doctor immediately.

 Remember always wear a mouth guard no matter what sport you are playing!

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