The leaves are beginning to fall and school sports are back in full swing. As the kids head back onto the fields, courts and turf make sure they are taking precautions to protect their smile during sports. Statistics show nearly five million teeth are knocked out annually during sports. Remind your athletes to wear a properly fitting mouthguard to avoid painful and often serious injuries to their teeth, gums and mouth.
Dental emergencies come in many forms. Some dental emergencies are more urgent than others. Therefore, the timeliness of your actions after a dental injury will have a bearing on the outcome. A dental emergency can occur to the gums, soft tissue in your mouth, jaw, as well as your teeth. Some situations require an immediate call to your dentist, and possibly a direct visit.
When should you contact a dentist?:
- Swelling around the mouth or facial area
- Mouth was impacted, and you are experiencing pain in any part of the mouth
- Knots or swelling in your gums
- You are bleeding from the mouth
- Loose tooth
- You are in a severe amount of pain that does not ease up even after taking a pain reliever
- And…when in doubt – it is always better to be safe than sorry
If your athlete should experience a dental emergency contact our offices right away our highly trained dentists treat various dental emergencies with compassion and care.