Tooth Trauma

Tooth Trauma

Who’s at Risk for Tooth Trauma?

Accidents can happen at any time, but being aware of especially high-risk activities can encourage us to take the proper precautions and help avoid tooth trauma.

The greatest number of injuries to teeth occur in children between ages 1 to 2 and 7 to 10. The first age group sees more injuries than normal because children are just learning how to walk and still clumsy on their feet, while the children ages 7-10 are simply at the stage they become more risk-taking and adventurous. (Think not just riding bikes, but going off a first jump.)

Fighting is one of the principal causes of dental injury, with sports being another major contributor.

Men are also twice as likely as women to experience injury to teeth.

How to Prevent Tooth Trauma

There are simple measures that can help:

  • Better supervision of children in the home and on the playground.
  • Using seat belts in cars and helmets on motorcycles.
  • Wearing protective devices for sports, including mouthguards and helmets.
  • And of course, staying out of fights.

About Dr. William J. Black

William Black earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Davis in 1988. He then went on to the UCLA School of Dentistry where he graduated in 1992. Following dental school, Dr. Black served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years as a dentist. He then settled in the Sacramento area where he opened his practice in 1996. Dr. Black is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), Sacramento District Dental Society (SDDS), Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), and the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). He is currently pursuing Mastership with the Academy of General Dentistry and accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Black has 8 children, works actively with the Boy Scouts of America, and enjoys gardening.


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