Play Ball!

Published on June 6, 2015

Baseball season is in full swing at our house. Both boys play and Dad is the coach for the 11 year-olds. I was quite honored to be asked to pitch for batting practice and was doing well when Matthew showed up.

“You should know that I usually hit line drives right at the pitcher.”

“Great. Those are good hits.” I said as I thought, ‘How hard can an 11 year-old drive it?’

Apparently, pretty darn hard. After I caught the ball-and my breath-I said, “Matthew, I think you’re the reason none of the coaches want to do batting practice.”

Later, I started thinking about how quickly accidents happen in sports and how teeth are very common casualties. The following is a simple list of things do if a tooth gets knocked out, loosened, or displaced.

  1. Check for a concussion – it’s a hit to the head.
  2. A loosened tooth will be OK for now, but don’t mess with it.  See the dentist soon.
  3. A displaced permanent tooth can be pushed back into position with firm steady pressure. Make sure to see the dentist soon. If it’s a baby tooth, then don’t worry about it!
  4. A tooth knocked out of the mouth needs to be found, kept wet, and taken to the dentist (along with the child) ASAP! The best way to keep the tooth wet is in saliva. If the child is calm, have him or her keep it in their cheek. Otherwise, have the child spit into a container and then add the tooth.

When these accidents happen, you can see your general dentist, an oral surgeon, an endodontist, or an emergency dental clinic. The emergency room is the place to go if there is any question of concussion.

Here’s to a wonderful, safe summer. Keep your eye on the ball!

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