How to Care for Your Teeth After a Sports Injury

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Sports injuries are a common occurrence for athletes, and the mouth is often the most vulnerable area. Dental injuries can range from a simple toothache to a lost or knocked-out tooth, which can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. Here are a few tips on how to care for your teeth after a sports injury.


  1. Seek Immediate Medical Attention: If you have sustained a serious dental injury, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. A doctor or dentist can diagnose the extent of the injury and provide appropriate treatment.
  2. Rinsing Your Mouth: Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean any debris or blood that may have accumulated in your mouth after the injury. You can also use an antiseptic mouthwash to help prevent infection.
  3. Apply Cold Compress: Applying a cold compress to the outside of your mouth can help reduce swelling and pain. Place the compress on the injured area for about 15 minutes at a time, and repeat as needed.
  4. Use Pain Relief Medication: Over-the-counter pain relief medication, such as ibuprofen, can help reduce pain and swelling. Be sure to follow the instructions on the packaging and consult with your doctor if you have any medical conditions or are taking any other medications.
  5. Practice Good Oral Hygiene: Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly can help prevent infections and promote healing. Avoid eating hard or crunchy foods that may irritate the injured area.
  6. Avoid Contact Sports: If you have sustained a dental injury, it is important to avoid contact sports until your mouth has fully healed. This will help prevent further injury and allow you to properly recover.


Dental injuries can be painful and disruptive, but taking the right steps can help you recover quickly and effectively. If you have sustained a sports injury, seek medical attention, practice good oral hygiene, and avoid contact sports until you have fully healed.


Dr Hang Le and her team at My Fairfax Dental can help you care for an injured tooth or provide emergency dental treatment. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get the smile you deserve.

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