Did you know that our highest sport related injury that we see in our office comes from Baseball?
America’s all time beloved sport; bring your lawn chairs and peanuts! We love to watch our children play tee ball, coach pitch, fast pitch and make the draw for a select team. The memories we make watching home runs, stealing bases and the pitcher with a Perfect Game are priceless. Many scrapbooks will be made and some injuries may occur. So, it is very important to consider a mouthguard while playing this great sport.
How do you protect tooth injury form a line drive or an amazing fast pitch? First, start with using a mouthguard. Mouthguard’s can be purchased from your local sports store and also custom made from your Dentist or Orthodonitst. While in braces make sure you are using a special mouthguard made just for braces.
If you happen to be in braces, you’re in luck because braces and wires will help your tooth from fallen out completely. Your tooth may be very mobile but stays attached to your bracket. If your mouth took the brunt force from a ball or bat immediately contact your Orthodontist. She will give you the proper instructions that best suite your case.
If your tooth happens to come out completely follow these steps from the American Association of Endodontists:
Saving a Knocked-Out Tooth
- Pick up tooth by the crown (the chewing surface) not the root.
Locate the tooth immediately; do not leave it at the site of the accident. The tooth should be handled carefully — touch only the crown — to minimize injury to the root.
- If dirty, gently rinse tooth with water.
- Do not use soap or chemicals.
- Do not scrub the tooth.
- Do not dry the tooth.
- Do not wrap it in a tissue or cloth.
- Reposition tooth in socket immediately, if possible.
The sooner the tooth is replaced, the greater the likelihood it will survive. To reinsert, carefully push the tooth into the socket with fingers, or position above the socket and close mouth slowly. Hold the tooth in place with fingers or by gently biting down on it.
- Keep tooth moist at all times.
The tooth must not be left outside the mouth to dry. If it cannot be replaced in the socket, put it in one of the following:
- Emergency tooth preservation kit (such as Save-a-Tooth®)
- Mouth (next to cheek)
Regular tap water is not recommended for long-term storage because the root surface cells do not tolerate water for long periods of time.
- Call your dentist within 30 minutes.
Bring the tooth to a dentist or endodontist as soon as possible — ideally, within 30 minutes. However, it is possible to save the tooth even if it has been outside the mouth for an hour or more.
Have fun this spring playing baseball; If you need a mouthguard don’t forget to let us know. GO ASTROS!