How do you go about starting a relationship to find a team dentist?
-A lot of AT’s have nobody.
-Find someone who is available to come after hours and loves it.
-Can cold call offices or Google search.
-looking for sports dentistry
-Ask other ATs if they know a dentist since the community is small.
What resources are available to the AT with dental emergencies, especially after hours?
-Cell phone number of the dentist
-Tooth SOS app.
How do you know who to refer to for dental injuries?
-General dentist first, then general dentist can refer to the proper personnel.
Special consideration for athletes with braces?
-If you have braces, ligaments are already loose and can put you at risk for trauma/injury.
-Mouth guards specifically for braces. And because teeth move they might have to get mouth guards frequently.
-Custom has more compliance than boil and bite.
-Can get a custom mouthguard to go over Invisalign.
-See more soft tissue trauma
How have patients felt with mouth guard around braces?
-Tough sell because nobody wants to wear a mouthguard at that age.
What would you like the AT to do to help with the referral process?
-Backstory is nice to know
-Don’t need past dental records
Team dentist be utilized for PPE’s?
-Have the athletes come in groups.
-Oral cancer screening
-Get scans for mouthpieces.
-Able for the athletes to ask random questions
-Establish a dental home, especially for college students who move away from home.
-Dentist can give a card
-Mowing lawn and trying to tie a string and it took the tooth.
The little girl had her silver cap come off and there was a Jolly Rancher glued to it.
-Kids are very resilient and heal a lot quicker than adults.
Action Item: What should an AT have in their bag?
-gloves, gauze, light
-Guidelines on what to do when it happens.
-Cell phone number of the dentist,
– Tooth SOS app
– Save a tooth solution
– Spit in a cup
– Do not put the tooth in water
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