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.
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Dr. Angela Burns moved to Austin 10 years ago and instantly fell in love with our beautiful city. Dr. Burns is originally from the Texarkana area. She attended Texas A&M for her undergraduate degree and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center for her degree in dental surgery (DDS). Dr. Burns is committed to providing her patients with gentle, technologically advanced dental treatment. She attends an average of 60 hours of continuing education every year. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Texas Dental Association, and the Capital Area Dental Society. Dr. Burns and her husband, Gary, have an 11-year-old daughter, Sydney, who is a proud 6th grader at Hill Country Middle School. She is also very involved in the Eanes PTO, her church, and loves raising her family in the Westlake community. “Growing up, I was drawn to mediating and helping others feel more included and less anxious. I was a camp counselor, student government officer and being the oldest of five, I was the family mediator. I found that I had a calling to help alleviate stressful situations for others and realized that being a good listener was something that was key to this. These skills really helped guide me into becoming a dentist that has based my practice on relationships, empathy and a sense of comfort. I knew that I wanted to provide an atmosphere that felt like home when others walked in. Our practice is small, personal and state of the art and we hope you feel like you’re hanging out with friends when you are here!” When she is not practicing dentistry, Dr. Burns enjoys traveling, hiking the greenbelt, enjoying Austin’s music scene, and eating Amy’s Ice Cream.