Accidents happen, and oftentimes, teeth are involved. Whilst there are ways to prevent injury during sporting games and training (see this article on Mouthguards), the fact is that many injuries to teeth occur away from organised sporting events.
Many injuries occur at home or in the neighbourhood:
- your toddler falls and hits their mouth on the corner of the table
- your teen comes home with a chipped tooth after collecting a cricket ball in his mouth during an impromptu game with the neighbourhood kids.
This sort of occurrence might lead some parents to wonder whether they should make their kids wear mouthguards (and bike helmets) all the time!
Where Else Do Dental Injuries Occur?
Of course, injuries can occur elsewhere: school, dance class, and at other community locations.
Some potential injuries that can occur when teeth and mouths are injured include:
- avulsions (the tooth gets knocked out completely)
- dislodgement or luxation (the tooth is pushed out of alignment)
- broken or chipped teeth and
- lip and gum lacerations.
It should be emphasised that it’s both baby and adult teeth that can be affected by such injuries. Worse case scenarios include broken jaws, damage to the jaw joint or concussion.
Knowing Dental First Aid Is Critical
It’s very important to know how to manage a dental injury when it occurs. In some cases, the survival of the tooth depends on this knowledge and a fast response time. That’s why we’ve published a series of articles covering Dental First Aid. We’ll also share a Dental First Aid Guidelines document for download.
A Word About Insurance And Dental Injuries
Parents are usually surprised to learn that the fees paid to their child’s sporting or leisure club, school or community event often do not cover the costs of treating injuries to the teeth and mouth should they occur at the location. Dental injuries can be very expensive to treat, so lack of coverage can be a shock.
This situation makes their prevention even more important. Please consider having your child fitted for a sports mouthguard and ask them to wear it even when it goes against the social trend.
If you are able to influence the type of insurance purchased by your community organisation, consider asking for a quote that will provide coverage for dental injuries. You might find that people are more than willing to pay a few extra dollars for improved coverage.