DENTAL HEALTH WEEK!
Last week we celebrated Dental Health Week. The topics this year were all based around sports. The three main topics being, how to handle a dental emergency, mouthguards and what is hidden in sports drinks. This latest blog cover those three topics.
How to handle a DENTAL EMERGENCY!
It’s a fact of life that accidents happen! It is therefore very important to know how to handle a dental emergency. This doesn’t always happen while playing sports. It can happen at any age at any time and knowing how to deal with an emergency will always be a helpful skill to know!
Babies and toddlers have many knocks and falls, it is part of growing up, but if an injury happens to the teeth it’s important to seek dental treatment to check for damage. If a baby tooth is knocked out do not replace it. If you are unsure if it was a baby tooth or an adult tooth place it in milk or saliva and see a dentist and further details below.
For an adult tooth that has been knocked out – the earlier it is replaced back into the socket the better. If it has a lot of dirt on it, ask the person to lick it off and then reposition it back in the socket then call us to make an appointment as soon as possible.
Don’t scrub the root clean and try to handle it as least as possible. If it has been out of the mouth for some time (within 20 minutes or less than 6 hours) and a clot has already formed in the socket, the tooth can be placed in milk or saliva. Don’t let it dry out if possible. Seek dental treatment ASAP.
Should a tooth be chipped or fractured further, try to find any fractured pieces so that we can asses any damage or injury around it. Even if you cannot see damage it is still very important to visit us because some cracks cannot be seen with the naked eye and may need x-rays to reveal.
At times like these, it can be very dramatic with excessive bleeding. If there is double vision or concussion, then the priority of the head injuries should be checked at an emergency hospital department. Early first aid is most important and then contact us as soon as possible to assess any dental injuries.
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“Play it safe and wear a mouthguard”
Each year we see many patients who have suffered from dental trauma and much of it can be easily prevented with a mouthguard for any activity where a collision or contact is likely.
The important thing is to remember to wear the mouthguard both for games and during training exercises. Contact sports such as Rugby, AFL, Hockey, and Boxing are obvious activities where mouthguards are needed, but it is often the non-contact sports where parents are not enforcing the use of a mouthguards that the accidents actually occur.
Other non contact sport such as cricket, baseball, soccer and netball can also contribute highly to dental trauma cases.
A custom made mouthguard is the best way to protect you or your child against serious injuries. Mouthguards protect against soft tissue and jaw joint injuries and cushions teeth against impact. They can also help to prevent neck and jaw injuries. Teeth and jaw injuries can result in time off school or work and the cost of the injury far exceeds the cost of a mouthguard.
Over the counter mouthguards from the pharmacy do not require custom fitting and offer less protection to the teeth and jaw. These can also dislodge during play and are not recommended. A recent study concluded that brain injuries can be reduced by 5% if a custom fitted mouthguard is worn instead of an over the counter mouthguard. A custom fitted mouthguard that has been designed at the dentist makes breathing a speaking a lot easier when wearing the mouthguard during play.
Here at CHD we can take impressions for a custom made mouthguard. You can choose a variety of colours and we use Garden City Dental Prosthetics to produce the mouthguard.
Custom made mouthguards cost a price of $154.
A custom fitted mouthguard may need to be replaced if it has been damaged or if new teeth have developed since the mouthguard was first made. Always bring your mouthguard into your dental maintenance appointments to have it assessed by the dentist.
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What is hidden in SPORTS DRINKS?
Supposedly healthy sports drinks contain hidden SUGAR and ACIDS that are bad news for our teeth. All of the gym-goers and sporty-spices listen up! Next time you reach for a sports drink it may be of benefit to read the label! Any ingredients ending in ‘ose’ eg. fructose or glucose is sugar! Being natural sugar or artificial it is having a big impact on your oral health.
The snacks and energy drinks that contain processed sugars and carbohydrates that are easily fermented (used as an energy source by bacteria) puts us at a higher risk of decay. This includes almost every sweetened food or drink and many healthy foods and drinks containing natural sugar. Supplements like protein and creatine are ok but make sure the sugar content is close to zero. The worst offenders are the pre work out or intra-workout drinks that contain branch chain amino acids BCAA as they are sugary and acidic
It’s not only the sugar, the acidity of these drinks when consumed over a long period of time, for example little sips between 10 repetitions at the gym, are the cause of tooth erosion and decay. This leads to long term damage that can’t be undone and leads to otherwise avoidable dental costs. Sports drink manufactures know this and spend millions of dollars advertising their products with celebrity endorsements when the reality is they are causing your teeth to erode without improving your sporting performance.
Consumption is ok in moderation. Our advice is to limit these drinks or cut them out all together! Don’t swish or swirl around mouth, use a straw instead. Or better yet, save your money and drink water instead. If you do drink these sports drinks be sure to not sip them over a long period of time. It’s best to have it all in one go and then wait 30 minutes and then brush your teeth well to avoid dental problems like erosion or decay.
So next time you reach for a sports drink check the label! Or go for water instead!
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As always if you have any questions or require further information on any of the above topics contact the CHD team on 3390 6399.