Regular Dental Visits: Visit a dentist regularly. It is important to diagnose and treat dental problems early before they become a dental emergency.
Early Warning Signs: If something does not feel right in your mouth, see your dentist as soon as possible. Ignoring it often will lead to worsening of the problem and it may become a dental emergency.
Mouth Guards: All children, and adults, should wear a mouth guard if they are are playing any sport where accidental contact can occur. For example, we see a number of traumas every year related to basketball accidents.
Full Face Cage: We highly recommend a full shield when playing hockey, in addition to the mouth guard, at all ages. A mouth guard only provides limited protection when it comes to a puck or hockey stick to the mouth.
First Aid Kit
Have a standard first aid kit is good for all emergencies, dental or otherwise. It should have gauze to apply pressure to stop bleeding or to bite on for reimplanted or repositioned teeth.
It has the best medium (Hank's Balance Salt Solution) for transporting a knocked out tooth. It maintains the vitality of the cells on the root surface which significantly increases the chance of success for reimplanted teeth. It can be purchased at saveatooth.com or other retail sites such as amazon.ca.