Summer is here!!! At least I think it is sans all the fantastic parties in the rain, it’s starting to feel like Noah’s Ark around here. Nonetheless, in between the raindrops, the kids are all out riding their bikes, playing baseball and softball, skateboarding or……“ it’s a longboard mom” as I am frequently corrected by my troops at home. Along with these fab outdoor activities comes the potential for some injuries including those to our teeth, some of which are very serious.
In our office (most notable) we’ve had a broken jaw from basketball, a beautiful girl with broken front teeth from longboarding, a 12 year old who accidentally got in the way of a swinging baseball bat (poor guy) and most recently a young man who almost lost his two front teeth when hit in the face with a hockey stick. None of these injuries were intentional, all completely unexpected and accidental. Thankfully we have oral surgeons in the neighborhood that can act swiftly if required in more serious cases.
When a child loses a tooth due to injury it cannot be restored right away as they are still growing, it can only be restored temporarily. The tooth or teeth can only be restored permanently between the ages of 16 -21 yrs of age depending on the injury and their gender. Males typically have to wait until they’re on the older end of the spectrum. Luckily for us it is possible to prevent some or all of these injuries. As with helmets for various activities to protect our heads, a mouth guard can be a useful tool in protecting our teeth. When playing outside on the monkey bars and other playground equipment it’s not always feasible to have your child wear a mouth guard. But during activities like the ones I mentioned above it’s definitely plausible. Had any of these children or millions of children like them been wearing a mouth guard their teeth would still be intact and it would have cost a lot less money in the long run.
It’s human nature not to think of these situations until they happen to us or our children. These injuries are definitely enough to make the toughest man wince. We recommend giving it some thought, prevention is the best medicine after all.