Sports are very important to many parents and children. From as young as first grade through high school and even college, participating in a sport can help your child stay active, teach them valuable lessons, and be a fun environment to make lasting friendships. That said, every parent knows that sports come with sports injuries. This is even truer the older your children get and the more intense and competitive the sports get. In that regard, it is important for parents to be aware of the right procedures to use in case their child gets injured. This extends to dental injuries as well.
There are a variety of dental emergencies that can be caused by sports. This most likely will occur due to an immediate blow, either by your child getting hit by a ball or colliding with another athlete. The following are the most common types of injuries and how to handle them.
One solution to avoiding dental emergencies caused by sports is to wear a mouthguard. Some sports require students to wear mouth guards, the same way that helmets or shin guards are mandated. It is not necessary to wear a mouthguard when your child is in gym or a playing less competitive or safer sports. However, if your teenager wants to play at a competitive level in high school and is playing basketball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey, baseball, or football, it may be beneficial for them to use a mouthguard.
If you have other questions about dental health for your teenage athletes, feel free to contact All Pro Dental. We specialize in working with kids and teens and can answer your questions about sports-related dental injuries.