Not only do kids tend to be reckless, but accidents happen, especially when many children are in the mix. This is more or less the definition of kids’ sports: Lots of running; lots of falling; lots of kids not looking where they are going. Losing a tooth is an unpleasant thought, but your child losing a tooth, especially if it’s not a permanent tooth, is an even more unpleasant one. Below is some advice you can follow if your child loses a tooth while playing sports.
Apply pressure. If the area is bleeding, apply pressure with a piece of cold, wet gauze. If your child is old enough to take directions, tell them to bite down on the gauze.
Provide some pain relief. Losing a tooth is painful as an adult, but that pain is going to be magnified for a child who might not know how to process it. If they are able to take an ibuprofen, or a children’s Tylenol, it’s a good idea to allow them one to deal with the pain, especially before it starts throbbing.
Call a dentist. If you are not a dental health professional yourself, this should be first and foremost. Schedule an emergency appointment to have the dentist look at the tooth and the surrounding area and let them make the next decision, or at least let you know what your options are, before doing anything else.
If it’s a permanent tooth, that is chipped or broken, collect the pieces of the tooth, or the entire tooth if it is still intact, and bring it with you when you see the dentist. Place the tooth in a balanced salt solution as soon as possible after it falls out to keep if free of bacteria.
Watch for any changes to the area. Watch for swelling of the gums, pain, fever or any change in the colour of the tooth if you think it has been knocked loose.
When your child has lost a tooth playing sports, your main goal should be to schedule a visit to the dentist as soon as possible, ideally the same day. Take them out of the sport, make sure that they have been provided with some over-the-counter pain medication if you have it available, and place some gauze in their mouth out of your first aid kit. If your child is starting sports and you are worried about the possibility of a lost or chipped tooth, keep the above tips in mind and minimize the pain and stress on both you and your child.