Whether you play sports or your kids play sports, it’s important to know that there is a risk for dental injuries with these activities. Below we’ve listed out some helpful information so you can have a better understanding of the risks, as well as what you can do to take the appropriate precautions to prevent these injuries.
While these stats certainly shouldn’t dissuade you from playing your favorite sports with your friends, they might inspire you to take an extra step to keep your mouth safe.
As you probably already guessed, contact sports will put you at greater risk of suffering from a serious dental injury. If you play any of the following sports, consider using a mouthguard to protect those chompers and keep them where they belong: in your mouth!
Even if a sport doesn’t require that you wear this protection, experts highly recommend wearing one as it can help protect your smile. After all, even a minor mouth injury could be painful and costly.
Wearing protective gear could help you reap all of the benefits that come with playing sports without risking the health of your teeth. The type of safety gear that you will need will depend upon the sport that you participate in.
Generally, helmets can help protect you if you are dealing with impact and speed (think: biking, skating, hockey, and football). They can protect your head, your eyes, and your mouth when they are designed well and fit properly.
As mentioned above, mouthguards could help protect your lips, tongue, and teeth, especially when they are custom-fitted. And remember, they could be used for just about every sport, from football and basketball to boxing and hockey.
Not keen on the idea of wearing a mouthguard? You might change your mind once you realize that the simple act of wearing one while you play could dramatically reduce your risk of getting hurt, regardless of the sport you prefer. The key, though, is to wear the right mouthguard, such as one that has been customized to fit your mouth perfectly.
Here is a basic breakdown of the most common types of mouthguards available:
If you or someone you know is injured while playing a sport, knowing the steps to take during a dental emergency could help you remain calm until you are able to see a dentist. Rest assured that, whether a tooth is loose, cracked, or totally knocked out, there are steps that your dentist can take to make everything better again.
There’s no reason why you shouldn’t get out there and enjoy your favorite activities, whether they’re aggressive contact sports or high-speed non-contact sports. Simply being aware of the risk of injuries to your mouth will help you take the appropriate safety precautions, and a little mouthguard can go a long way in protecting your beautiful smile.