Wrath Of Trauma: Do You Know Dental First Aid?
The fifth Sporting Sin is Wrath, and the question the Australian Dental Association asks us to consider around this sin is “Do you know dental first aid?”
The Australian Dental Association reports that “Each year, thousands of adults and children are treated for dental injuries that could have been prevented or minimised by simply wearing a mouthguard.” They recommend that a custom-fitted mouthguard be worn in any sport or activity where an impact to the face is a real possibility. It’s important that mouthguards are worn at events and also during training.
The article provides some basic recommendations around dental first aid and what to do if an adult tooth is knocked out. There are also two useful downloads that are important to review and share:
- Dental First Aid- How To Handle A Dental Emergency
- Play It Safe- Wear A Mouthguard
More Articles About Mouthguards And Dental First Aid
The ADA’s Mouthguard Awareness Campaign provides teachers, parents and coaches with valuable resource on the importance of wearing a mouthguard not only during actual games but also during trainings. This downloadable PDF (click here) explains the steps that need to be taken when a tooth is knocked out.
This is an article by Sports Medicine Australia listing the first aid tips for knocked-out, chipped, or loosened tooth. It also highlights the importance of using a mouthguard: “It is easier and cheaper to replace a mouthguard than replace a lost tooth”.
Articles From Corinna Dental
In which we examine why mouthguards aren’t worn in every at-risk sport
In which we look at the stats of mouthguard-wearing in Australia and explain that mouthguards protect more than just the teeth.
A downloadable guide developed especially for Canberra Coaches and Team Managers.
Explaining why it’s important to wear a mouthguard for activities other than organised sports.
In which we celebrate the Australian Dental Association’s Mouthguard Awareness Month and share the resources that the ADA had put together for the occasion.
Want To Know More?
We’re keen to encourage all Canberrans to be healthy and active! If you have any questions about mouthguards, ask any member of our friendly team.