Dental trauma refers to trauma to the face, mouth, teeth, lips, and periodontium (tissues that supports and surrounds the teeth to keep them in the maxillary and mandibular bones). Types of trauma inclue: tooth fractures, injuries of the periodontium, and soft tissue lacerations (most commonly in the lips and gums).
Who's at risk?
Young children are much more at risk for dental trauma. However, as children age to become adults, the various factors increase an individual's probability for dental trauma:
Involvement in sports (especially contact sports)
Piercing in tongue and lips
Involvement in changes of pressure (i.e. scuba divers, aviators)
Class II malocclusion (severe overbite)
During high-risk activities, the most effective prevention for dental trauma is a regular use of a well-fit mouthguard.
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