By the time you read this, we will be deep into the fall sports season.
In Texas, we know that means football. It also means cheerleading, and it means volleyball, too. As much excitement and enjoyment as we get from rooting for our favorite teams and athletes, we also recognize that sports can lead to injuries. We never want this to happen, but sometimes they do.
And sometimes, those are dental injuries. That’s why we want you to save our number — (832) 791-1706 — if you live in or near Spring, TX. Our team at Texas Dental Group is here to support your star athletes when you need us.
If you or someone you love needs emergency dental care, we want to help.
Saving Smiles During Dental Emergencies
Football players are big and fast. They wear a lot of protective gear, which certainly has reduced dental injuries among the players on the field.
That’s not always the case for players, cheerleaders, and other personnel on the sidelines during games. A moment of inattention is all it takes for some to get hit in the mouth with a football or to be the victim of a collision just off the field.
Again, we never want this to happen to anyone, yet we know it does occur from time to time.
If it happens to someone you care about, please contact Texas Dental Group as soon as you are able. If you call us outside of our normal hours, you call will be forwarded to Dr. Memmott’s cell phone. He understands that when a dental emergency occurs, you want to get help as soon as possible.
He will make every effort to answer your questions and to advise you on what steps to take in your dental situation.
With that in mind, let’s consider some potential dental emergencies. We want to remind you that you should wear vinyl or latex gloves if you ever need to administer first aid in a dental emergency.
■ Broken teeth can happen anywhere and anytime, and they can happen to athletes in every sport from cross country to wrestling. All it takes is a fall or a collision between participants (or spectators).
If someone you know suffers a broken tooth, the first step is to clean his or her mouth to stop any bleeding. He or she may need to use gauze to soak up blood and to rinse his or her mouth multiple times.
You can also use gauze to keep the tooth covered until you can see Dr. Memmott. This can prevent accidental cuts to lips, cheeks, and tongues.
A pain reliever can be helpful. You also may want to apply an ice or cold pack to reduce swelling. If you can find them, bring the broken piece or pieces with you to the dentist office as well.
■ You probably don’t want to think about teeth getting knocked out, but this can and does happen.
When a tooth is knocked out of its socket, you will want to try and find it. In some cases, it is possible to save the tooth. If not, we can provide tooth replacements with dental implants, crowns, and bridges.
If you do find the missing tooth, be careful to pick it up by the crown and not the roots. You will want to rinse the tooth as well as the mouth of the person who lost the tooth. As with the broken tooth, use gauze to stop bleeding.
Try placing the tooth back in its socket. Leave it in if it will stay. If not, place the tooth in a container of milk to bring with you when you come to our office. Also, take a pain reliever or apply an ice pack if needed.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
Broken and knocked out teeth aren’t the only kinds of dental emergencies. They do have something in common in that they can both occur as a result of traumatic injuries.
It’s why we offer custom-fitted athletic mouthguards as part of our general dentistry at Texas Dental Group.
A properly fitted mouthguard can protect the smiles of cheerleaders, volleyball players, football players, and many more athletes. If you would like to get one for yourself or someone you love, please call us at (832) 791-1706 or contact us online to make an appointment at our office in Spring, TX.