Avoiding Oral Injuries During Summer Sports Activities

Preparing your kids for football camps, club soccer, and swim team, is all part of your Summer agenda. But there’s much more to it than just finding a team to play on and getting all the necessary gear. Dental injuries almost always occur as an accident, but can also be avoided. Here are some of our suggestions when planning for Summer sports and athletic activities and what to do in an emergency situation.

Swimming

Dental injuries, such as chipped and cracked teeth, can occur during swimming, diving, and horseplay during recreational swimming. For heavy swimmers (between 5-7 hours a day in the poo), water treated with harsh chemicals can have an adverse effect on teeth. These chemicals have high pH level compared to water, and can leave brown spots on your teeth, most commonly on the front two. It’s known as swimmers’ calculus. This can often be removed with a professional teeth cleaning.

Here’s our suggestions when at the pool:

  • No Horseplay
  • Parents and kids should learn basic CPR and first aid
  • Stay hydrated

Baseball, Soccer, and Other Sports

Baseball, soccer, and football all have one thing in common: they involve balls and running. Where there are objects flying around and people running at full speed, injury can occur. Protecting the mouth is very important and, if overlooked, can cost you a tooth or two. In general, all sports where contact with the head or mouth area require a mouth guard. When buying or creating a custom mouth guard, we suggest:

  • Consulting your dentist for specific oral needs and suggestions on types of mouth guards specifically made for the type of sport of which your child will be participating.
  • Choose a light weight, resilient, tear-resistant material
  • Choosing one easy to clean

In the event of injury…

Time is not on your side. If a permanent tooth is chipped or broken…

  • use a cold compress against the tooth
  • consult your dentist immediately
  • and rinse the affected area of the mouth with warm water

If your tooth is completely knocked out…

  • Hold the tooth by the crown, not the root
  • Rinse the tooth thoroughly with a saline solution or milk
  • Do not let the tooth dry out; the best place to store the tooth is in the empty socket with gauze to hold it in place.
  • See your dentist or go to an emergency room right away