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What to do if you suffer a sports injury

Many accidents can be prevented but sports injuries are not uncommon. It is important to know what to do if you are at the scene, when someone is unfortunate to have been hit in the mouth, face or head and needs basic first aid.

When injuries do occur, these tips can assist you in handling the situation. Always seek a higher standard of care in an emergency.

Broken teeth

Broken teeth
  • Clean the injured area and apply ice.
  • Save the tip of the tooth (for possible reattachment).
  • Call us immediately and get an urgent appointment.

Knocked out teeth

Knocked out teeth
  • Try to find the tooth, hold it by the crown (the wide part, not the pointed end/root).
  • Rinse the tooth but avoid rubbing it or touching the root.
  • Put the tooth back in its socket; cover with gauze or tissue and ask the victim to bite down to stabilize it.
  • Or if you cannot put it back into its socket, store the tooth in cold milk or salt water.
  • Do not let the tooth dry out. A tooth can usually be saved if cared for properly and re-implanted within a couple of hours.
  • Call us immediately and get an urgent appointment.

Cuts inside of the mouth

  • Gently rinse the mouth with cold water.
  • Bite on some gauze, a clean cloth or tissue and apply pressure to the wound.
  • Go to the closest hospital accident & emergency department for immediate treatment.

Jaw injury

  • The U-shaped lower jaw often suffers multiple breaks. An upper jaw fracture may cause visible distortion of the face.

If teeth fit together properly when the mouth is closed:

  • Apply ice to control swelling and take ibuprofen or a similar remedy to control pain.
  • Restrict diet to soft foods and if no improvement occurs within 24 hours, come see us.

If teeth do not fit together properly when the mouth is closed:

  • Immediately seek emergency care.
  • Gently align the jaws.
  • Immobilize the jaw; wrap a cloth bandage under the chin and secure it over the head.
  • Apply ice to control swelling.
  • Go to the closest hospital accident & emergency department for immediate treatment.

Facial cuts

  • Cover the wound with a clean dressing and apply pressure.
  • Dressing may become saturated; do not remove it.
  • Apply more dressing and pressure.
  • Go to the closest hospital accident & emergency department for immediate treatment.

Broken nose

  • Gently pack the nose with gauze or tissue.
  • Apply ice.
  • Do not blow nose.

Head and neck injury

  • Do not let the injured person be moved unless done by professionals or if in danger.
  • Immobilize the head by placing rolled towels on either side.
  • Avoid risk of shock by keeping the injured person warm.
  • If unconscious, clear the person’s mouth and hold their tongue forward to maintain an open airway.
  • Seek emergency care and go to the closest hospital accident & emergency department for immediate treatment.
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