Sports dentistry is the prevention of oral/facial athletic injuries. It is common for the kids to get hurt during any form of sports, especially contact sports, and face is the main area of damage. Various dental traumas encountered during sports are luxation injuries to the tooth, avulsion, fracture of the facial bones, and concussion injuries. Prevention of these injuries during sports is important.
Dental injuries are easily prevented with a properly fitted custom mouthguard.
What is a mouthguard?
A mouthguard is a specially made rubber-like cover, which fits exactly over the teeth and gums, cushioning them and protecting them from damage.
When would I need a mouthguard?
It is important to wear a professionally made mouthguard whenever you play a sport that involves physical contact or moving objects. This includes cricket, hockey and football – which can cause broken and damaged teeth. A mouthguard will help protect against these events.
Where can I get one made?
Your dentist will be happy to make you a custom-made mouthguard, which will fit your mouth exactly and protect your teeth and gums properly. Custom made mouthguards can prevent damage to the teeth and jaw bone.
Selecting a Mouth Guard
There are three types of mouthguards:
- Ready-made or stock mouthguard
- Mouth-formed “boil and bite” mouthguard
- Custom-made mouthguard made by a dentist
These mouthguards vary in price and comfort, yet all provide some protection. For more detailsvisit your dentist.
It is important to remember damaged teeth do not grow back. Protect that perfect smile-wear a mouthguard.