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What To Do If Your Child Loses a Tooth From a Sports Injury

January 09, 2023

Dental Tips for Parents With Children in School Sports

Some of the most consistent dental problems we see in school age children today are due to sports related injuries. While the numbers have significantly declined over the years due to improved protection, young patients are still coming in with missing and fractured teeth. Below are some dental tips for parents on what to do if your child loses a tooth from a sports injury.

  • Find and Save the Tooth
    If your child loses a permanent tooth, there is a good chance your dentist can save it! Find the tooth and rinse with milk – do not clean with soap or water. Store it in any small, clean container with cold milk or the child’s saliva until you get to the dentist. Do not store in water.
  • Clean the Gums
    If there is bleeding, use a clean cloth of gauze to apply a small amount of pressure until it stops. If possible, have your child rinse gently with salt water.
  • Reduce Inflammation
    Fill a plastic bag with ice, wrap the bag in a towel and apply directly to the injured area to reduce pain and inflammation. An anti-inflammatory medication, approved by your child’s physician, may also be administered.
  • Make a Dental Appointment
    The sooner you can see the dentist, the greater the chance to save your child’s tooth. If it was a baby tooth, the dentist will check the socket for any debris that might keep it from healing properly, and give additional instructions.

And remember, one of the best ways to help prevent a dental injury from happening while playing sports is to wear a mouthguard. Ready-made and boil-and-bite mouthguards are available at retail stores. For an even better fit, ask your Park Dental dentist about a custom mouthguard. We’re here to help protect your child’s smile and answer any questions and concerns you may have related to oral health and sports.  

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