As the coming of spring is prefaced by warmer weather and allergies, many are no doubt excited about the opportunity to play outdoor sports once more. There are, however, a few things to remember as you start getting ready to play spring sports. Taking care of your teeth even as you condition the rest of your body is important for your overall oral health.
Sports and Tooth Damage
Teeth might not be your first thought when you think about sports injuries, but they are nevertheless one of the most common types of injuries. In fact, the American Dental Association has estimated that as much as 39 percent of all knocked out teeth occur during some sports accident. Even if you don’t practice martial arts or contact sports, tooth injuries are always a lurking hazard because you never know when you might fall and hit your jaw wrong.
A few different types of tooth injuries of differing levels of severity can be caused by trauma. The most dangerous is avulsion, or when a tooth is completely knocked out. For avulsed teeth, seeing a dentist is absolutely vital to making sure your tooth can be replaced.
Your teeth can become chipped or displaced as a result of an accident. Though less serious than avulsion, professional attention is still vital. A dentist can help recreate chipped portions and perform surgeries to get your teeth back to their original state.
How to Prevent Tooth Injury
Tooth injuries of any type are always a potential risk when playing sports, so knowing how to protect your teeth is very important. The best way to protect your teeth from trauma of any type is to wear a mouthguard. Typical sports store carry inexpensive, “off the shelf” mouthguards that at least minimally protect your teeth. Stock mouthguards are the least protective type of mouthguards, however, because no generic piece can fit a person’s jaw properly.
Mouth-formed protectors is a more helpful type of mouthguard because, as the name implies, the mouthguard conforms to the shape of the user’s mouth, increasing its cushioning ability. The lining of the mouthguard molds to the shape of the athlete’s teeth, making adding to the protective power of the mouthguard.
The best mouthguard, however, is the custom-made, dentist-produced one. A custom-made mouth protector is created to fit the teeth of the user, making it a slightly more expensive but safest option.
If you would like to custom-make a mouthguard to protect your teeth while playing sports, be sure to contact a dentist to get recommendation for how best to proceed. Call Dr. Gabriel Sangalang at (407) 351-3213 to set up an appointment to discuss possible tooth protection today!