Kickboxing and your teeth – a Dental nightmare


A Kickboxer’s teeth can take a beating if they aren’t protected.  Even the best mouth guard is tested when your opponent connects with a shin to your favorite set of teeth.  Broken-tooth

…and that’s a nice picture.  It doesn’t take long on Google to find much, much worse but I wanted to spare you, my faithful readers.

No matter what the situation, a broken tooth calls for a visit to an Urgent Dental clinic.  There, at least a professional will give you a once over and help ease the pain a bit.  There’s not many things as painful as a broken tooth except maybe two broken teeth.

If you’re in an unfamiliar location – traveling or visiting the in laws in Atlanta for example – you should be able to find a decent 24 Hour dental clinic that can help.  If not, I would recommend a stiff drink or three and wait for the pain to subside.  Experts don’t necessarily agree with me though.  Their recommendations look more like the following:

  • Take an over the counter pain killer such as Tylenol or Motrin and rinse your mouth with salt water.
  • If the tooth has jagged edges you can use was parrafin or even sugarless gum to keep you from cutting your tongue on it
  • Eat only soft foods that don’t require much, if any, chewing.

The dentist will treat your broken tooth depending on how severe the damage is.  It could be covered up, or it might have to be extracted.

For a bit more information, there is a very good Q&A on StackExchange, and of course there’s a good bit of information on Dental Trauma on Wikipedia.