Youth sports offer adolescents a great way to build sportsmanship, master a skill, and have fun. Unfortunately, they can also have unexpected consequences. Studies have shown that certain types of activities can pose a threat to a child’s dental health, and tooth loss has become a common occurrence in youth sports today.
The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation estimates that over 3 million teeth will be lost in 2011, thanks to youth sporting events. According to the organization, the most dangerous sports tend to be baseball and basketball, which require less protective gear, such as mouthguards and helmets. To help remedy such problems, various companies now offer custom-fitted mouthguards to protect the lips, tongue, gums and teeth.
When tooth-loss occurs, it’s critical that parents and coaches take appropriate action in a timely manner. A cracked, broken, or completely extracted tooth requires immediate attention from a dentist, preferably within 24 hours of the incident. If a tooth is completely separated from the mouth, you can either attempt to place it back into its socket or put it in milk to help preserve it.
When teeth are damaged during a youth sporting event, adults must take appropriate steps to prevent serious problems from occurring. Whether you are a coach or parent, don’t hesitate to get medical assistance for a broken, cracked, or missing tooth. Call Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins at 509-368-7788 in Spokane or 509-228-3998 in Spokane Valley, to schedule a consultation.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788