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Teeth - protecting your teeth

teeth; mouthguard; permanent; deciduous; baby; protecting; sports; wobbly; tooth ;


When you play sport

Teeth can be damaged when you are playing most sports like basketball, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, football, netball, roller blading, or skate boarding.

Wearing a mouthguard can protect your teeth.

  • Your dentist can make you a fitted mouthguard (which fits your mouth only).
  • Or you can buy one from the chemist and mum or dad can follow the instructions to make it fit your mouth.

What if you knock a tooth out?

If it is a deciduous tooth (a baby tooth) - say 'de-sid-you-uss'

  • store it in milk (hold the milk in a cup or plastic bag) or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and
  • visit your dental professional immediately. In South Australia, call your school dental clinic during the school day, or look at the SA Dental website  

Your dental professional will check your mouth to see what damage has happened and if any treatment needs to be done.

Deciduous or 'baby' teeth 'save places' into which the permanent teeth can grow. If you lose a baby tooth before it is ready to come out, it's a good idea to see your dentist. He or she will make sure that your other teeth don't try to take over the space that the lost baby tooth was saving for the permanent 'grown up' tooth.

It if is a permanent tooth:

  1. Find the knocked out tooth.
  2. Only pick it up by the crown, which is the hard, white top bit - don’t touch the roots.
  3. If it is clean put it back into your mouth, into the place it was knocked out of.
  4. Hold it in place with your tongue and lips, or by wrapping a piece of alfoil around it and the teeth next to it.
  5. If it’s dirty, give it a quick wash in milk, then put it back in its place in your mouth. You can also wash it in saline, but do not use water to clean the tooth.
  6. If you can not put it back into its place in your mouth, store it in milk, saline or plastic wrap and go to a dentist right away.

The sooner you get to the dentist the more chance you have of saving the tooth.

What if your knocked tooth is loose?

  • Push it into place.
  • Hold it firmly in place with your tongue and lips, your finger or by using some alfoil to fix it to the teeth around it.
  • Stop playing the game and go to a dental professional right away.

Dr Kim says

Dr Kim"Sometimes a tooth gets knocked out, and it can't be found. You can have a gap where it used to be. If it is a permanent tooth your dentist will be able to tell you what can be done to fill in the gap.

If it was a baby tooth, don't feel too bad. Look around at all the other kids your age, who have spaces where their baby teeth used to be."

 Brush your teeth after breakfast and before you go to bed to clean off food and keep the germs away.


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We've provided this information to help you to understand important things about staying healthy and happy. However, if you feel sick or unhappy, it is important to tell your mum or dad, a teacher or another grown-up.


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