How to Protect Teeth During Sports
Most of us know that teeth and gum injuries can occur in accidents, but what about during sports? Contact and non-contact sports alike have their risk for oral injury. From being hit in the face with a baseball to being accidentally elbowed during a football game, you need to take the proper steps to protect those teeth whether it is you playing or your child.
Take Precautions before Playing Sports
Contact sports and teeth do not mix! Any type of active sport could potentially result in trauma to the mouth, but more so with contact sports (i.e. hockey, football, etc.). By taking steps before getting into the game, you can protect your teeth from cracks, chips or worse. Some things you can do to protect teeth during activities include:
- Getting a Mouthguard – Sports mouthguards protect the teeth during contact sports and most sports regulations will require some form of mouthguard in place. You can purchase one at your local sporting goods store or have one custom-fitted at a dentist’s office.
- Wear Face Protection – If the sport allows protective equipment, it should be worn. That includes face masks and helmets for protection. Sports such as football, baseball, hockey, boxing and even lacrosse, all should be played with protective equipment in place to protect the mouth and face.
When Injuries Occur: What to Do in a Dental Emergency
Even with preparation, a dental emergency can occur. If you or your child’s tooth or oral tissues have been injured, there are things you can do to preserve the teeth and hopefully make the repair a little less extensive. Some things you can do include:
- Contacting a Calgary family dentist immediately for an emergency dental appointment. Not all dentists offer same-day appointments, so make sure yours does. Abougoush Family Dental does offer same-day emergency services to new and existing patients.
- Rinse the injured area with warm water and apply a cold compress to the outside to help reduce swelling and pain.
- Save any pieces of chipped or broken teeth and take them to your dentist as soon as possible. These pieces could be preserved and reused instead of fake replacement teeth.
- If a filling or crown has fallen out, make an appointment with your dentist right away and bring the crown or filling (if possible) with you.
- If your braces break or have loose brackets, contact your dental professional immediately. You may be able to temporarily re-attach the loose brace using orthodontic wax until you can be seen for a longer session with the dentist.
Abougoush Family Dental in Calgary wants you and your family to stay safe year-round. If you are worried about protecting teeth during sports, contact our dentists for advice on the right mouthguard. If you have a dental emergency, do not hesitate to contact our emergency dental team.
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