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How to deal with summertime dental emergencies
Updated: 6/23/2011 6:59:57 PM

Mouth guards should be worn during contact sports to help prevent tooth loss Many people enjoy the summer months because they can get outdoors to play sports or spend time with family and friends. However, these activities may increase the odds of adults or children experiencing a dental emergency.

In a recent article published by ShorelinePlus.com, the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) offered several tips on how individuals can avoid or respond properly to dental accidents.

Taking precaution is one of the best ways to reduce the chances of a sports-related dental injury. The CSDA told the news provider that mouth guards should always be worn during contact sports such as baseball, soccer, basketball and lacrosse.

If a tooth is accidentally knocked out, individuals should rinse it in water without removing any mouth tissues that may be attached. If a tooth cannot be held in its proper place until a dentist is consulted, people can put it in a glass of milk and head to their oral care provider as soon as possible, the group suggested.

Also, sugar-filled foods at summer barbeques may lead to toothaches. Individuals should thoroughly rinse their mouths and floss their teeth to help relieve discomfort, the organization told the news source.

According to Sports Dentistry Online, 34 percent of injuries in basketball players are sustained in the mouth.

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