If you have children, there is a good chance they play one or more sports. Many adults still play sports either in recreational leagues or in informal games with their friends.
Baseball, softball, basketball, hockey, football, soccer, and almost any sport you can imagine are great reasons for people to stay in shape.
Sports also present opportunities for dental emergencies. We don’t want that to discourage anyone from participating in sports.
However, we do hope it encourages you to take steps to prevent those emergencies when you can. Likewise, we hope you know what to do if a dental emergency does occur.
In any case, we want you to call our dentist office if you are in or near Oregon City, OR, in those situations. Call 503-917-0523 to reach Oregon City Family Dentistry for your emergency dental care.
The Importance Of Mouthguards
If you played or play football, then you know athletic mouthguards are a mandatory part of your uniform. The frequent contact makes protective equipment necessary.
Mouthguards protect your teeth and the soft tissues in your mouth during those high impact moments.
Most people would agree that wearing mouthguards are a good idea in contact and combat sports (like wrestling, boxing, or mixed martial arts).
You should know that the American Dental Association recommends wearing a mouthguard during any high impact sport. Contact and combat sports certainly fit that definition, but so do many non-contact sports.
Basketball, soccer, volleyball, and other sports that involve frequent running, jumping, or changes of direction can cause your teeth to collide with one another. Wearing an athletic mouthguard can protect your teeth and the soft tissues around your mouth.
The most effective mouthguards are custom-fitted to your teeth like the ones we can create for you or your child in our office.
Keep in mind that a mouthguard can’t stop an accident or injury from happening. Wearing a mouthguard could be the difference between having a sore lip or losing a tooth, however.
Types Of Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can occur as a result of injuries or collisions that are part of playing various sports. Dental emergencies also can happen in our everyday activities. Tripping the steps or inattention to our surroundings can lead to a number of injuries to our mouths.
Here are some things you can do if you or someone you know experiences some of these common situations:
- If your tooth is knocked out …
The first thing that you should do is to try to find the tooth. If you do, be careful about how you pick it up. You should pick up the tooth by the crown (the part that is visible when your tooth is in your mouth), and you should avoid picking up the tooth by the root.
After you find the tooth, rinse it to remove any dirt or blood that may be on it. You also should rinse and clean your mouth to remove any blood.
If possible, place the tooth back in its socket. If it will stay, try to keep it there until you can see one of our dentists. If it won’t stay in place, then you need to keep the tooth moist. To do this, keep the tooth in a container of milk, which you should bring with you when you see the dentist.
If needed, take an over-the-counter pain reliever. However, you should NOT place aspirin directly on your gums. Aspirin can burn the soft tissues of your mouth, creating a new problem.
- If your tooth is broken …
Many of the steps are similar to what you do if your tooth is knocked out.
First, try to find the broken piece or pieces. Rinse them to clean any dirt or debris. Rinse your mouth and carefully clean around the broken tooth.
Place the broken pieces in milk or wrap them in a wet gauze to bring to the dentist office.
You also should use gauze or dental wax to cover your broken teeth. It may have a sharp edge or point that could accidentally cut your tongue or cheek.
If needed, a cold compress can be used to reduce swelling around the injured tooth.
Know Where To Go
By all means, we hope you continue playing sports for enjoyment and for the cardiovascular health benefits. We also want you to be careful while you playing.
Wear a custom-fitted athletic mouthguard to protect your teeth. Also, make sure you are prepared to act if a dental emergency does occur.
That includes remembering to call Oregon City Family Dentistry at 503-917-0523 if you need emergency dental care.
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