Protecting your teeth when playing sport
Accidents happen, especially if you’re playing sports. You can help avoid injuries to your teeth when playing sports by wearing a custom made mouth guard that your dentist can provide for you.
However if your teeth do get chipped or damaged, then your dentist may be able to repair them.
What do I do if my tooth is knocked out?
If an adult tooth gets knocked out completely, there is a chance that they can be put back in by a dentist.
If your tooth is knocked out simply follow these steps:
- Hold the tooth by the part usually visible in the mouth, not by the root. Don’t scrub the tooth or place it in disinfectant.
- If the tooth is clean, hold it by the white part (the bit that is usually visible) and, making sure it’s the right way round, gently push it back into its socket.
- If the tooth is dirty, rinse it in milk or cold water before gently pushing it back into place.
- Hold the tooth in place by biting on a handkerchief and go to the dentist immediately for advice.
If you can’t put the tooth back in, try this:
- Place it in a cup of milk or, if not available, keep the tooth in the mouth between the cheeks and gums.
- Don’t let the tooth become dry and don’t put it in disinfectant.
- Go to your dentist immediately. If this isn’t possible, contact NHS Direct (0845 4647) to find out your nearest Accident & Emergency department that has a dentist on call.