You've always dreamed of watching your kids play sports. You played them when you were a kid, you loved them, and now you're proud to watch your own kids follow in your footsteps.

As a parent, though, you're also worried about injuries. What if the team doesn't provide the right safety equipment? What if the coach is negligent in teaching the kids how to play safely? Sports are inherently dangerous to some degree, and these complications can make things worse.

One of the more common injuries that children suffer is cracked teeth. Below are a few things you should know.

The Symptoms

The top symptom to watch out for is sharp pain during a bite. This puts pressure on the cracked area, but the pain dissipates when the child releases that pressure. Some children notice it the most when drinking and eating, especially if they're enjoying foods that are particularly cold or hot. In other cases, pain may ebb and flow seemingly at random.

You may be able to see the crack upon inspection, but not always. In some of the worst cases, a section of enamel will be entirely lost, exposing the root, the pulp and the dentin.

Safety Equipment Matters

Children must be given proper equipment for their sports. According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation (NYSSF), children who do not use mouth guards increase the odds of cracked teeth and similar injuries by a stunning 60 times.

Seeking Compensation

Cracked teeth and other dental issues can be painful and costly. Some major dental injuries have a lasting impact. Even minor ones can mean multiple trips to multiple specialists, which is never cheap. After your child gets injured, make sure you know if you have a right to seek financial compensation for these costs.

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