Does your daughter or son play soccer? Volleyball? Football?
How about basketball or hockey? Is you child a skier or a cheerleader?
If you answered yes to any of those things, please save our phone number — 507-315-2932 — if you live in or near Rochester, MN. We hope no one in your family ever needs emergency dental care, but if someone does, then our team at Northwest Dental Group wants to help her or him as soon as possible.
Dental Emergency Tips
Sports like those mentioned above are a fun and healthy way to enjoy competition. By participating, people can get exercise and enjoyment.
At the same time, a risk of injury comes with any sport that involves high speeds, jumping, or objects flying through the air. That includes dental injuries, which is why we have a few quick suggestions if someone close to you suffers a broken tooth or has a tooth knocked out.
➤ In the case of a broken tooth, the person who was injured should rinse her or his mouth with warm water. If the person is bleeding, she or he should clean up the blood with gauze or a cloth, and rinse again if needed.
This person may want to apply an ice pack or cold compress to reduce swelling around the injured tooth. She or he also should cover the broken tooth with gauze or dental wax to reduce the risk of accidentally cutting her or his cheek, lips, or tongue.
If you can find the broken piece of the tooth, bring it with you to the dentist.
➤ In the case of a knocked out tooth, you will want to follow similar steps. Rinse the person’s mouth with water. Soak up any blood and repeat as needed. You also want to find the tooth and rinse it as well. Be careful when picking up the tooth to hold it by the crown, not the roots.
When the mouth and the tooth are clean, try placing the tooth back in its socket. If it will stay, leave it there until you can see a dentist. If it won’t stay, place the tooth in a container of milk and bring it with you to the dentist office.
As with the broken tooth, the person may want to apply an ice or cold pack to reduce swelling.
Wearing A Mouthguard Reduces The Risk Of Dental Injuries
Statistically, more than 3 million teeth are knocked out during youth sports annually in the United States. Statistics also show that athletes who don’t wear athletic mouthguards are 60 times more likely to suffer dental injuries than those who do wear mouthguards.
Wearing a mouthguard is only required for certain sports, yet the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and other professional dental organizations strongly encourage athletes in any high-impact sports (like the ones mentioned at the start of this post) to wear mouthguards during practices and games.
While all mouthguards provide some level of protection, the most protection comes from wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard. It sort of like the difference between driving in a car without a seatbelt or wearing a five-point harness similar to a NASCAR driver when you are behind the wheel.
Custom-fitted mouthguards are made from molds of each person’s teeth, and we can make them for all the athletes in your family at our Rochester, MN, dentist office.
These mouthguards are smaller than the ones you will find in a store. This makes them more comfortable to wear and less likely to interfere with breathing or speaking.
Keep in mind that like seatbelts, mouthguards won’t stop an accident from happening. However, they can minimize the harm that occurs because of those accidents.
Protect Your Favorite Smiles
To get a custom-fitted mouthguard for the people with your favorite smiles, call 507-315-2932 or contact us online. Let our team at Northwest Dental Group know that you want mouthguards for your favorite sports stars — your family.