Labor Day-School-Dental Crisis: What do these three have in common? The answer is an increased potential for accidents and injuries. Some of these quite often involve precious teeth.
As you know, this weekend begins our Labor Day Holiday. And like most holidays, there is an almost frantic rush to enjoy and use every single second.
We have picnics, go boating, swimming, surfing, and of course parties. These are only a few of the fun and exciting activities. However, we know that almost all of these activities have risk and potential accidents.
Safe and Happy Holiday and Accident-Free School Year
Dentistry for Children wishes to help you have a safe and happy holiday and a school year free of accidents. So, our blog is dedicated to bringing you reminders of some of the pitfalls that you might encounter during the holiday and in weeks to come.
Labor Day Traffic Predictions
Labor Day Travel is one of the most dangerous times of the year according to The National Safety Council. They painted a horrifying picture of travel accidents that are predicted to occur during this holiday.
Approximately 421 people will die on the road during this holiday period. The holiday begins at 6:00 PM on Friday and ends Monday, midnight. Additionally, 48,400 will be injured in auto accidents.
“The 100 day stretch between Memorial Day and Labor Day is historically the most dangerous on roadways.” And they continue this is “especially true for young drivers.”
Many Traffic Accidents Involve Dental Injuries
Auto accidents often involve damage to the jaw (TMJ) or teeth. If your child has injuries from an auto accident, be sure his dentist examines his teeth.
Some dental injuries may seem minor. And some problems may not even be visible. In either case, have your child’s teeth examined as soon as possible if you are involved in an automobile wreck with substantial impact. Otherwise, serious complications could develop.
If a tooth is knocked out, bring your child and the tooth to your dentist immediately. The tooth has a better chance of re-implantation if treatment is begun quickly.
Whether It’s a Football Accident or a Traffic Accident, Review the Knocked-out
Here are a few guidelines in handling a knocked-out tooth:
- Handle the tooth carefully. Try not to touch the root (the part of the tooth that was under the gum). It can be damaged
- If the tooth is dirty, hold it by the upper part (the crown) and rinse it with milk. If you don’t have any milk, rinse it with water. Don’t wipe it off with a washcloth, shirt or other fabric. This could damage the tooth.
- Keep the tooth moist. Drop it into a glass of milk. If you can’t do this, place the tooth in your mouth, between the cheek and gum. A young child may not be able to safely “store” the tooth in his or her mouth without swallowing it. Instead, have the child spit into a cup. Place the tooth in the cup with the saliva. If nothing else is available, place the tooth in a cup of water.
- The most important thing is to keep the tooth moist.
- Try slipping the tooth back into its socket. In many cases, it will slip right in. Make sure it’s facing the right way. Don’t try to force it into the socket. If it doesn’t go back into place easily and without pressure, then just keep it moist (in milk, saliva or water) and get to the dentist as soon as you can.
If the tooth is intact (not broken in pieces), it is always a good idea to try to save it.
Tips to Make Your Trip Safer
The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) offers these tips for safer driving:
- Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Additionally, look out for other drivers that may not be quite as responsible as you.
- Avoid distracted driving. This is considered to be one of the major cause of the accident and includes texting, cell phones and anything that may take your eyes or mind off driving. If you drop an item on the floor, wait until you can safely stop your car before trying to retrieve it.
- Buckle up.
- Plan ahead and allow extra travel time. Becoming impatient and getting in a hurry can also cause accidents.
- Observe speed limits.
Summer Fun Ends: School and Football Begins
Labor Day is traditionally considered the end of Summer Fun and the beginning of the school. And if you are a sports fan, you know Labor Day is also the opening weekend for Football Season.
And you probably are aware that the Gators are ranked Number 8 in the nation to begin the season. Plus you probably know when your child has his or her games scheduled.
But Are You Aware of Possible Football Dental Injuries?
Dentistry for Children is aware that there are significant advantages to youth participating in sports. And we are also aware that injuries do occur during sporting events.
It is not our intent to become involved in the pros and cons of participating in sporting events. If you would like more information on this topic, the Colgate Company offers a detailed discussion.
Our main concern is to remind you how to protect your child’s teeth from accidents that occur.
Mouth Guards Can Save Teeth and Breath
“The American Academy of Otolaryngology says that, when a ball hits your upper face, it can fracture the delicate bones around the sinuses and eye sockets.”
And they add that it “sometimes results in vision loss.” Additionally, Nasal injuries can result in breathing difficulties. This is among the most serious injuries.
It is not hard to recognize that teeth, tongue, and bone must be protected. Your pediatric dentist brings you the first-line defense, a custom-made mouth-guard.
It’s designed to protect every tooth against destruction as well as protect bones and gums.
Of course, it’s more expensive to buy a custom-fitted dental mouth guard than the “over the counter type..” However, it fits better. And because a custom-fitted mouthguard is more comfortable, kids will wear it more often.
Dentistry for Children: Mouth Guards that Work
When we tell you about the Mouthguards at Dentistry for Children, we are not talking about over-the-counter mouthguards.
The Dentistry for Children Mouth Guard is a very personalized, meticulously fitted mouthguard, created by a dentist. It is specifically for your child’s teeth and no one else’s mouth.
Store-bought Guard vs. Dentist-created Guard: No Comparison!
Let’s now review the Requirements of a good mouthguard, according to “The Academy for Sports Dentistry:”
1. It should be created with the material of 3 mm thickness. On the one hand, the materials used will have, “the greatest durability and allow your child to sustain the hardest impacts with a lower risk of damage…”
2. At Dentistry for Children, we like to elaborate, We say, “On the other hand, the materials in your professional mouth guard, will be comfortable to the mouth, teeth and gums. It should be carefully fitted from a professional dental mold of your child’s teeth.
Your Dental Home Creates the Best Mouthguards!
Our Enthusiasm for mouthguards makes us fit each child with absolute precision. Notice too, how it covers the teeth all the way at the back of your child’s mouth. And it does the job comfortably.
- Some Big Box or “over the counter” do not go all the way back to cover back teeth.
- Others cover the back teeth so uncomfortably they actually initiate the gag reflex, so what child will ever faithfully wear them?
- It should be checked, properly fitted, refined and delivered under the supervision of a dentist.
- Do it yourself mouthguards, may have sub-standard material. And you will probably find a fit that is uncomfortably tight or loose
Dentistry for Children Mouth Guard
The only disadvantage is that there will be a waiting period for the creation of your personally crafted mouthguard.
Final Reminder: Remember Child’s Checkup.
It is the beginning of a new school year. Therefore, it is probably a good time for your child’s dental check-up. Good Teeth and a confident smile give your children an extra boost to begin the new school year.
Have a Happy Labor Day and Thank you for reading the blog from Dentistry for Children.