Did you know sport related incidents are the most common cause of dental injuries? All of which could have been avoided or reduced by wearing a mouthguard.
Common sport related dental injuries include: damaged or knocked out teeth, broken jaws and cut lips. Wearing a custom fitted guard helps to absorb the impact of the blow minimising the damage done to your face and mouth.
But what should you do if you happen to knock out one of your teeth during sport? There are some steps you can take to minimise the damage done to your tooth there is a couple of steps you should take. We’ve listed them below.
If you have knocked out a tooth the most important thing to do is get to a dentist as soon as possible. Ideally within the first 30 minutes of the injury happening. But there are some other precautions you should take first...
- Locate or pick up your tooth. It is crucial that when you are touching the knocked out tooth you don’t touch the root of the tooth, just the part that is exposed.
- Next, you should clean your tooth. Be careful when cleaning the tooth that you only use water, no cleaning products. You also should avoid using tissues or towels with the tooth. Try to keep the tooth moist.
- If it is possible, try to put the tooth back into its socket. This step might make you cringe and sounds a little gross but it is also one of the key things that could save your tooth. Make sure your tooth is in the standard position and the correct part is facing forward then, if you can without having to apply pressure, place the tooth back in the socket. If it requires too much force then don’t. If you can, keep the tooth in place with your fingers.
- Keep the tooth moist at all times. Keeping the tooth moist with water will not be sufficient for a long period of time so you have several options; the simplest would be to keep the tooth in the side of your mouth, if you are near milk then you can also soak the tooth. If the incident occurred during a sports game it’s likely they will have an emergency kit for tooth loss that has a special solution to preserve the tooth.
- Get to an emergency dentist as soon as possible! Whilst it’s ideal to see a dentist within 30 minutes it’s still possible for a tooth to be saved after an hour of it being out of the mouth particularly if you have followed the above steps.
Of course, the real key to saving your teeth is prevention and protection. This is why we recommend during both sports games and training you wear a high-quality mouthguard that will serve to protect a range of potential oral injuries.
Check out our range of custom fit mouthguards here.