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For many people, fall means the start of football season and all of the excitement that comes with it. For dentists, however, fall marks the beginning of high school sports and the dangers that they present to oral care. The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation reports that an estimated 3 million teeth will be lost this year due to youth sports injuries, and that these account for one third of all non-fatal sports accidents.
“Athletics are an important part of health and social growth," said Texas cosmetic dentist Edward Camacho, D.D.S. “But they provide risks to children’s mouths that can have long-term consequences. It’s vital that parents understand and guard against these risks, and know firstaid procedures that may save a tooth that’s been knocked out.”
Basketball and baseball present the biggest challenges for dentists because, unlike football, these sports do not require the use of mouth guards. Replacing a tooth can costs thousands of dollars, so it's important for parents and coaches to educate themselves on the best way to save teeth that have been knocked out.
Quick first aid and immediate professional help from a dentist is the best way to treat a mouth injury.
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