While it’s no secret that sports can increase your risk for injury, not all athletes understand the full scope of the risk for dental injury. If you’re only worried about a sprained ankle or a jammed finger, think again!
Playing sports increases your risk of getting a chipped, broken, or knocked-out tooth. This is especially true if you play a sport that involves physical contact with other participants or equipment, such as hockey, football, rugby, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, and martial arts.
Regularly Get Dental Cleanings & Exams
During your routine checkups, our team can diagnose and treat any minor dental issues, such as a crack or existing infection, that could cause pain during your sport or become a more serious problem if you accidentally get hit in the face. Playing your sport with a clean bill of oral health can help you focus on the game and having fun!
If you do experience a sports-related dental injury, we can help! Our office offers same-day emergency dental care.
Wear an Athletic Mouthguard to Protect Your Mouth
An athletic mouthguard can help protect your teeth and lips from a sports-related injury. There are three types:
- A generic stock option – Require no preparation since they come ready-made in limited sizing but may be ill-fitting and uncomfortable while offering minimal protection.
- Boil and bite – Conforms to your teeth after being boiled and are a little more tailored to fit your mouth but can be difficult and messy to prepare correctly.
- Custom mouthguard – For the most protection and comfort, opt for a professional custom-fitted mouthguard created by Sean Abidin, DDS & Vanessa Cao, DDS!
Properly Wear Other Protective Gear
Depending on your sport, an athletic mouthguard may be just one part of your protective gear. If helmets or other headgear are required, be sure they fit well and that you wear them correctly. As a parent or coach, regularly remind athletes to properly wear necessary protective equipment during practice and games.
To ask our team about protecting your young athlete from dental injury with a sports mouthguard or to schedule appointments for you and your family, contact our office today!
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