With school back in full swing, it is important to know how a mouthguard can protect your child’s teeth. Here are a few reasons why it is important to take the necessary precautions so your son or daughter doesn’t come home with a chipped tooth.
Types of Oral Injuries
While chipped or broken teeth are the most common, mouthguards can prevent many more injuries as well. Wearing a mouthguard can also prevent injuries to the lips and cheeks, damage to previous dental work such as crowns and fractured jaws.
When a Mouthguard Should Be Worn
Mouthguards are required in sports like hockey, football and boxing, where collision is inevitable. They are not required in volleyball, baseball, basketball or soccer, however, where collision is still highly likely, it is a good idea to wear a mouthguard while participating in these sports. In addition, it may be smart to have your child wear a mouthguard to their P.E. classes as well.
Treating an Oral Injury
If you or your child find yourself with a chipped tooth, it is most important to see your local dentist as soon as possible. If you can not get in immediately, take some acetaminophen for the pain. Avoid eating and biting on the injured tooth. If you must eat, only have soft foods. Depending on the severity of your injury, your dentist may simply give you a filling, or a root canal could be necessary for more severe cases. No matter how small or large, always go see your dentist as soon as possible.
The simple act of wearing a mouthguard can prevent most oral injuries and save you plenty of money in bills and fees. If something does go wrong however, Smile Workshop has you covered. Call and schedule an appointment or book online today!
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