There are certain situations where protecting our teeth from damage is essential and mouth guards are one of the most effective ways of preventing dental injuries. You’ll often see professional athletes using mouth guards when playing their sport of choice however, they are also suitable for amateur enthusiasts too.
Mouth guards are popular for:
- Those playing high contact sports
- Any activities that involve balls or pucks
- Sports where there is a risk of falling
A well-fitted, professional mouth guard can minimise the trauma to your teeth if you suffer a dental injury, and can prevent tooth loss and other painful problems.
Having a mouth guard made by our dentists ensures the perfect fit and comfort, making sure it doesn’t interrupt your activities. It also means it is custom-made for your specific needs and the shape of your mouth, with different options available for adults and children. If you are considering the use of a mouth guard, call our team today and book an appointment.
First Aid For A Knocked Out Tooth
Wearing a custom-fitted mouth guard while participating in contact sports can help to protect against painful and potentially expensive dental injuries. If an accident does occur and a tooth is knocked out, this information sheet outlines the first aid steps to take, and how to prepare the tooth for dental treatment. If a tooth is knocked out, remain calm and act quickly. Do the following, immediately:
- Locate the tooth and, handling it gently by the crown, ensure it is clean. The crown is the smooth white part of the tooth that is normally visible in the mouth
- If the root of the tooth is dirty, and the patient is calm and conscious, ask them to gently suck the tooth clean. Alternatively, rinse the entire tooth in milk or very briefly, in water
- Immediately place the tooth back in the socket, making sure it is facing the right way around. Immediate replacement is essential and should occur within 5-10 minutes of the tooth being knocked out
- Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting gently into a soft cloth or the person assisting the patient can use aluminium foil placed over the tooth and the teeth on either side, to stabilise the tooth
- If you are unable to replant the tooth back in the socket, keep it moist by putting it in a cup of milk, sealing it in plastic wrap or placing it in the conscious patient's mouth, next to their cheek
- Immediately Seek Dental Treatment - Time is CRITICAL to prevent permanent damage
Extreme care should be taken with a tooth that has been knocked out. Avoid the following:
- Do not handle the root of the tooth
- Do not scrape or rub the surface of the tooth
- Do not let the tooth dry out, rather keep it moist at all times
- Do not put the tooth in ice or hot water
- Avoid rinsing or storing the tooth in water for more than one or two seconds
- Do not remove any soft tissue fragments from the tooth