Sports are a great way to get kids moving and allow them to follow their passions, but they are also notorious for mouth and jaw injuries. Because we understand kids and their tendency to play contact sports, we offer sports dentistry in Napa, California. Dr. David Suttie can provide a variety of treatments or preventive devices, such as mouth guards, to protect your child’s teeth from injury. At Dr. David Suttie Dentistry For Children, we want to ensure your children’s smile is not compromised. Contact us at 707-257-6453 to inquire about the options our dentist offers when it comes to protecting your child’s smile, and to schedule your child’s appointment with us.
While most children are known for their active and energetic behavior, participating in some contact sports and activities can lead to dental damage. At our practice, we want your child to be safe, and if they experience an accident during their fun and games, our dentist can provide the care they need. Below are several common sporting injuries that children can receive, as well as instructions on how to best care for your child’s teeth while waiting for professional care:
- Knocked-out tooth: time is of the essence when a tooth is knocked out. Get to the dentist as soon as possible. Do not try to re-insert the tooth. Instead, place it in a cup of cold milk or inside your child’s mouth between their gums and cheek. Only touch the crown of the tooth, and do not let the tooth dry out.
- Cracked or chipped tooth: if the chip exposes the tooth’s roots, get to the dentist right away. Minor cracks or chips can be fixed with a filling, bonding, or crown.
- Displaced tooth: visit the dentist as soon as possible. Apply ice to the area to help minimize discomfort, and do not try to move the tooth back into place.
The best way to help your child protect their teeth during physical activity is to have them wear a customized sports mouth guard. Our dentist can help you and your child find the right type of mouth guard that provides maximum comfort and protection. For more information, call or visit us today.