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How to Avoid the Most Common Causes of Tooth Injury

Jul 11, 2017, by James B Polley DDS

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In the summer, tooth injuries increase significantly coast to coast. That’s because many people engage in activities that can increase their risk of tooth injury. Fortunately, most tooth injuries are preventable, and if you know what to look out for, you can avoid them completely. Here are some of the most common causes of tooth injury and how to avoid them so you won’t need reconstructive dentistry.

Sports Injuries

Sports can be a fun way to pass the time, but they’re also the most common cause of tooth injury. The good news is that it’s also relatively easy to prevent tooth injuries in sports.

First, understand that practically any sport can result in tooth injury. You might not think of basketball as a contact sport, but it is probably the most common cause of sports-related tooth injury. Cycling is another sport where tooth injuries are surprisingly common.

Second, know your limits. Especially on some of these hot Las Vegas summer days, it’s easy to push yourselves past your endurance limit. You might want to push yourself further, but be aware that you’re putting yourself at risk for injury.

Play fair without excessive violence. What comes around goes around, as they say, and if you’re throwing elbows, other people will be, too.

Finally, wear a mouthguard. A professionally made mouthguard gives your teeth the best protection.

Falls

Falls are just part of walking. We all do it. Usually, there’s no serious harm, just a scraped knee or stained or torn clothes. But it is possible to fall and crack or chip a tooth.

Exercise, including core strength exercises and basic walking, can help you avoid falls in the future. If you still find yourself falling more than you used to, talk to your doctor.

Car Accidents

In recent years, car safety equipment has significantly reduced the number of tooth traumas related to car accidents, but it hasn’t completely eliminated them. In some cases, safety equipment like an airbag can actually cause tooth injury.

Remember to use your car’s safety equipment every time you get in the car. An airbag is not a substitute for seat belts, so remember to buckle up.

And remind yourself of the best practices of safe driving, including defensive driving. If you don’t get in an accident, your teeth won’t get hurt.

Motorcycle and Bicycle Injuries

There’s not a lot of safety equipment on a motorcycle to protect you. So although there are a lot fewer motorcycles on the road, they’re associated with a proportionally higher number of tooth traumas. The same goes for bicycles. Although the speed is slower, you’re similarly unprotected and can experience tooth trauma.

In both cases, the solution is the same: try to avoid accidents, and wear your helmet. Full coverage helmets are common for motorcycles, and wearing these can protect your teeth. These aren’t so common for bicycles, so consider using a mouthguard in addition to a helmet.

Have You Suffered a Tooth Trauma?

Prevention can reduce your risk of tooth trauma, but it’s not 100% effective. Even with the best prevention, you might experience a tooth injury.

The good news is that reconstructive dentistry can repair most any effect from tooth trauma. Porcelain veneers are a great treatment for chipped teeth. Dental crowns can be used for a more serious cracked tooth. If the interior of the tooth is damaged or compromised, we might recommend a root canal treatment before the placement of the crown.

If your tooth has been knocked out we may be able to save it, but if not a dental implant is the best replacement option.

Want to learn more about your reconstructive dentistry options in Las Vegas? Please call (702) 873-0324 today for an appointment with reconstructive dentist Dr. James B. Polley.



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