Spring is right around the corner and soon kids will be outside running around and playing sports. Whether it be shin guards, shoulder pads, knee pads, gloves or elbow pads- your child’s physical safety is important to you. Your child’s teeth are just as important to protect. Mouthguards, AAPD tells us, can be used to protect a child’s teeth, lips, cheeks and gums from sport related injuries. Visit your child’s pediatric dentist so they can make a custom-fitted soft plastic mouthguard to help protect your child from injuries to the teeth and head.
ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION, more than 2 million teeth are knocked out each year due to sports-related injuries!
Remember, that if your child does have a tooth knocked out, especially a permanent tooth- that often times, a pediatric dentist can reattach the tooth.
Three things you can do if your child’s tooth is knocked out.
- Most importantly, stay calm. Find the tooth, try not to touch the root.
- If possible, reinsert the tooth into the socket. If that isn’t possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk.
- Take your child and their tooth immediately to your pediatric dentist.