My son recently started learning hockey at our local ice rink. We attended a match last night and I watched in horror as one of the boys lost a tooth. He just handed it to his mother and went on. Is this what it will mean for my son to play hockey? If this happens to him, can his tooth be saved or will he just have to hand it over to me?
It is always frightening when our children attempt things which seem unsafe, isn’t it? Fortunately, in this case, your son won’t necessarily be condemned to a toothless grin. The first thing to bear in mind, though, is this is considered a dental emergency. For your son’s tooth to have even a chance of being saved, he’ll need to get to the dentist within 30 minutes. Getting back in the game will just not be an option.
Some tips for when a tooth is knocked out:
- Time is of the essence. Call the dentist and let them know what happened so they can be prepared for you as soon as you arrive.
- Only hold it by the crown, not the root.
- Keep it moist. Ideally, you should gently place it in a glass of milk. If you can’t. Place it between your cheek and gums.
Preventing Dental Emergencies in Sports
This single best thing you can do for your son while playing hockey is to make sure he has a mouth guard. Dentists can usually provide this. It’s better to have one that fits him well and is tailored to his mouth than it is to have a one-size-fits-all piece.
His coach should be stressing this as well. If he’s not, take charge and make sure your son has the protection he needs. It’s much better to spend money on a mouth guard than it is for your son to lose his teeth and you have to pay for dental implants.
Best of luck to you and your son.
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