Injuries to teeth and surrounding tissues can be very distressing for the person involved as well as the parents, when a child is involved. Dental trauma may occur as a result of a sports mishap, an altercation, a fall inside of the home, or other causes. Prompt treatment is essential for the long-term health of an injured tooth.
Obtaining dental care as soon as possible, even if via phone call, can make the difference between saving or losing a tooth.
Please ask for our instruction cards on how to manage a tooth that is injured or knocked out.
Approximately 30% of children have experienced dental injuries. Injuries to the mouth include teeth that are: knocked out, fractured, forced out of position, pushed up, or loosened. Root fracture and dental bone fractures can also occur.
Most dental trauma is preventable
Car seat belts should always be worn, and young children should be secured in appropriate car seats. Homes should be monitored for potential tripping and slipping hazards. Childproofing measures can be taken, especially for toddlers. Parents can place gates across stairs and pad sharp table edges.
And everyone who participates in contact sports should wear a mouth guard to avoid dental trauma.
Athletes in football, hockey, martial arts, basketball, rugby, boxing, etc commonly wear mouth guards. The mandatory use of mouth guards in football prevents about 200,000 oral injuries annually.
Mouth guards should also be worn along with helmets in non-contact sports such as skateboarding, in-line skating, and bicycling. An athlete who does not wear a mouth guard is 60 times more likely to sustain dental trauma than one who does. Any activity involving speed, an increased chance of falling, and potential contact with a hard piece of equipment has the likelihood of dental trauma that may be prevented or substantially reduced in severity with the use of mouth guards.