For parents of children who play sports, it’s imperative that precautions are taken to prevent any damage from occurring your little athlete’s teeth and mouth. According to your Boise dentist, injuries to the face that affect a child’s teeth or gums occur fairly commonly, especially for children who play extreme physical sports (like football or soccer). Nearly 80% of all Boise dental injuries affect one or more of the front teeth resulting in gum damage as well. These types of injuries then affect your child’s ability to smile, eat, drink, and talk.
Sport related injuries rank #1 for tooth and mouth injuries for children & teenagers causing approximately 40% of all Boise dental injuries to these age groups. To prevent a sports related injury, your Boise dentist suggest considering the following:
Fortunately for those who happen to suffer from tooth loss as a result of a sporting injury, knocked out teeth can be repaired or replaced. If you or your child find yourself in a Boise dental emergency situation due to a sports related injury, it’s important to seek out the help of your Boise dentist within an hour of a tooth becoming displaced. If the tooth is knocked out, carefully rinse off any debris, and place it back into the socket. However, if you are unable to reinsert the tooth, hold it in your mouth until you can reach our Boise dental office. If you have no other option, make sure to store the tooth in a shallow cup of milk until arriving at Summit Dental Group.
Stay safe & have fun!