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Permanent Teeth and Sports: Keep Your Child’s Smile Safe This Season

When you think of tooth loss or damage, you probably don’t think your child might be at more risk of losing a tooth than you are. However, if your son or daughter participates in childhood sports including basketball, soccer, rugby, hockey, football and baseball, the risk for tooth loss is quite high.

In children and teens, trauma from sports is the main cause of tooth loss, necessitating restorative procedures, partial dentures, implants or other reconstructive dental procedures. Here’s what every parent needs to know about encouraging and providing the needed protection for permanent teeth.

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