Not wearing your custom fit mouthguard? Would you know what to do if yours or your child’s tooth was knocked out during sport or an accident at home?
There are two basic rules regarding which teeth can be put back in to place:
- If it is an adult tooth, you can place the tooth back in to position.
- If it is a baby tooth, NEVER try to place the tooth back in to position.
Before placing the tooth back in, you must make sure that:
- When you find the tooth, hold it only by the crown (the part of the tooth you can see in the mouth), NEVER by the root.
- Ensure the tooth is clean, if it is not rinse it in milk but you should never rub it clean.
- Orient the tooth correctly so that it is facing the correct way and place it back in to position.
- Hold the tooth in place by either biting on a cloth, placing your mouthguard back in (if you have one) or using aluminium foil as a splint.
- If you can’t place the tooth back in, take it with you to a dentist ASAP in milk or saliva.
- Regardless of whether you can place the tooth back in or not, you need to get to a dentist straight away.
(Australian Dental Association, 2018)
Accidents can and will happen, at home, school and on the sporting field.
What’s the best way to minimise the risk of having a tooth knocked out or traumatising a tooth? Wearing a custom fit mouthguard. Custom fit mouthguards are a superior fit to over-the-counter boil and bite mouthguards and are the recommended choice for tooth protection whilst playing sports.
Contact Mouthguards To You to organise a time for us to visit your club, school, gym or even a fitting in the comfort of your own home for a custom fit mouthguard in your favourite team colours!
Australian Dental Association, https://www.ada.org.au/Your-Dental-Health/Children-0-11/Dental-Trauma, 2018