Blooming Smiles is committed to being the premier orthodontic and pediatric dental choice in Woodland Hills and Northridge, CA. Our aim is to provide a fun and comfortable environment for adults and children in order to build a lifetime of good dental habits for them. This dedication extends even beyond regular checkups and office visits, as we want to make sure all our patients maintain their optimal dental health throughout their life. For the benefit of those kids who will be playing sports this spring and summer, here are a few tips to keep your teeth safe.
The most important thing a child can do to prevent dental injuries while playing sports is to wear a mouthguard. A few organized sports require their participants to wear a mouthguard. These sports are usually football, ice hockey, field hockey, and lacrosse. However, you should also wear a mouth guard if you are playing any other sports that could result in any kind of mouth or teeth injuries. Some of those sports would include baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, and wrestling. Whether it is a custom-fit mouth guard or one bought off the shelf, please remember to keep your teeth safe by wearing one.
While playing certain positions in some sports, the risk for dental injuries is even greater. If you are a hockey goalie or a baseball pitcher, there is a higher likelihood to receive severe facial or mouth damage. Wearing a face cage or mask will prevent you from getting smashed in the face with a speeding hockey puck or baseball. Make sure to wear a face cage when you are batting in baseball as well.
If you are swimming or spending a lot of time in the pool, your teeth may suffer from it. People who spend over six hours a week in the swimming pool are at risk of developing dark brown stains on their teeth. Pool water contains chemical additives that will lead to the eventual effect of having brown, organic deposits on your teeth. If it is possible, try to limit your time in the pool to less than six hours.
If the worst happens and your tooth gets knocked out, please be sure to stay calm! Get to a dentist immediately, keeping your loose tooth in a glass of milk if you can. You will have the best chance of being able to get your tooth reinserted if you can get to your local pediatric dentist within an hour of the tooth being knocked out.
If you are looking for a children’s pediatric dentist in or around the Northridge and Woodland Hills areas, please feel free to contact us. You can reach us at (818) 727-1800 for our Northridge location or (818) 932-9100 for our Woodland Hills location. We hope to see you soon and help you keep that healthy smile on your face!