Sports and Dental Injuries in Children. Currently, the three sports that carry the most risks for dental injury include football, basketball, and hockey. A positive correlation can be made between the degree of contact and percentage of injury. Some of the most common injuries include fractures, tooth extrusion, intrusion and avulsion; and TMJ dislocation.
Dental Sports Guards or Mouthguards has been shown to reduce the risk of sport-related dental injuries. Knowing how to prevent injuries to your mouth and face is especially important if you participate in organized sports or other recreational activities.
Tooth Avulsion. Do you know what to do when you tooth is knocked out? You need a replantation — physical tooth replacement into its socket. The proper way to remove debris from the root of an avulsed tooth is to rinse it in cold water (either tap or clean bottled water), being careful not to scrub or scrape it.
Sports Injuries and TMJ . It’s very common that sports injuries to the head result in chipped, broken or avulsed teeth and even fractured or broken bones including the jaws. The jaw joint or TMJ is also susceptible to sport injuries. In some cases, your muscles or ligaments in your face may be torn or injured from getting hit in the face – even if the bones aren’t broken.
Early Childhood Caries is a tooth decay in a child under age of 6. While some children may only have one tooth that is decayed, and some may have multiple teeth that are decayed it is important to understand that tooth decay in childhood is not normal and can be prevented.