Always Protect Your Teeth
Do you or someone you care about play a sport? Once thought of as an activity for children or professional athletes only, more adults than ever before are participating in various sports for exercise or enjoyment. It is wonderful to see so many people joining in different activities. If you are participating in a physical activity, there is always a risk that a dental emergency may occur. Do you know what to do if you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency? Read on to learn what to do in an emergency and about dental hardware that can help protect your teeth.
Importance of Dental Safety When Playing Sports
Adults and children are participating in more contact and non-contact sports than ever before. We want to share the reasons we believe everyone should wear a mouthguard and what to do in a dental emergency.
Wear a Mouthguard
If you or a family member are playing a sport with any contact, wearing a mouthguard is extremely important. We believe that even athletes in non-contact sports can benefit from wearing a mouthguard. Although it cannot stop a dental injury, it can help prevent serious trauma to the mouth should your face get hit. While we think everyone should wear a mouthguard, of course it is entirely up to the individual. Patients with any form of orthodontic hardware should always wear a mouthguard. It doesn’t take much for traditional metal braces to become damaged or damage your mouth.
What to Do If an Emergency Occurs
Even if you take every precaution for yourself or your child, there is always the possibility that an emergency can occur. The most important thing to remember is to remain calm and assess the situation. Contact our office immediately, and we will determine if an office visit is necessary. If a tooth should happen to be knocked out and you find it, place it in the socket until you arrive at our office. If injuries are severe and you are unsure, head to the nearest hospital for an evaluation.
If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency of any kind, be sure to contact our office located in Wellington, FL, and we will determine if an office visit is necessary. We wish you and your family the best of luck in any sports you are playing this spring.