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Before long, as Fall Football will be wrapping up and the excitement of Basketball gets underway, many of our patients will be hanging up their cleats and hitting the court for free throws, jump shots and fast breaks! During this time of transition, it is important to remind all athletes to play it safe when out on the court. Many athletes not only hang up their cleats but also disregard their athletic mouth guards. Unfortunately, basketball remains the number one sport for dental injuries! Although many younger players are more concerned about having the right shoes, basketball is definitely a contact sport and wearing a mouth guard at all times, even during a practice scrimmage, is a very important part of your basketball gear.
Our office can provide you with a custom Athletic Guard for anyone engaging in tooth or mouth-threatening Sports activities such as basketball. If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our our office at 918-455-0123! Play safe!
In a world where everything moves so quickly and teens and young adults find themselves pulling "all-nighters" or working long hours, energy drinks have grabbed the spotlight. You will have one (or three) and suddenly you have the drive that you need to keep on going. The same can be said for sports drinks. It's common for people to have one even when they are not engaged in any strenuous physical activity, which is what they were designed for. People will drink them simply because they have grown to love the taste.
Although they might taste great and boost your energy, there's a serious down side to consuming energy and sports drinks on a steady basis. Studies have shown that these drinks contain so much acid that they start to destroy your teeth after just five days of consistent use! The acid in these drinks dissolves your tooth enamel, which can make your teeth more vulnerable to bacteria. This can progress to staining, tooth decay, and hypersensitivity.
Limiting the amount of sports and energy drinks that you consume is in your dental best interest. If you do enjoy either or both of these drinks, you should make it a habit to rinse your mouth with water immediately after consumption, and brush your teeth about an hour later, after the period when the acid has a softening effect on your enamel has passed.
Americans from all forms of life should mark April as National Facial Protection Month on their calendars. The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, Academy for Sports Dentistry, American Academy of Pedicatric Dentistry, and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons have combined forces to sponsor this annual campaign, which aims to educate and remind us of the importance of protecting our face and teeth against impacts and injuries.
Wearing a helmet can save your life and prevent devastating physical damage in a variety of situations, from playing football to riding a bicycle. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, helmets reduce the risk of various head injuries by as much as 85 percent. Although most states do not have laws that mandate the use of helmets for contact sports, we want you to make sure that you and your loved ones wear helmets with the appropriate safety ratings for specific activities. Helmets can also help save your teeth if they come with an attached faceguard, an essential addition for football players and others involved in contact sports.
PREVENTING DENTAL INJURIES
A mouthguard can protect you against a variety of dental injuries, such as cracked, broken, or knocked-out teeth. The American Dental Association states that mouthguards play an essential role in preventing up to 200,000 dental injuries each year, and many states now mandate their use for sports activities such as football and hockey. The Academy for Sports Dentistry warns, however, that these mouthguards must be custom-fitted as precisely as possible to prove effective. Have a professional-quality mouthguard molded and fitted by our office for better protection than a generic store-bought or "boil-and-bite" variety can offer. These cheaper versions tend to wear out very quickly, interfere with proper breathing, and provide uneven degrees of cushion against impacts. Also, always have a fresh mouthguard fitted for each new sports season.
Choose the right combination of helmet, faceguard, and mouthguard to protect your teeth and face this April. If you have any dental questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!
You already know that taking care of your teeth can help to prevent tooth decay and the need for extensive work such as root canals or implants, which can be inconvenient and expensive. But the benefits of good teeth can go far beyond having an attractive smile and being able to crunch carrots and chew meat.
The American Dental Association explains that healthy teeth are linked to lowering the risk for heart disease and diabetes. Futhermore, recent research published in the Bristish Journal Of Sports Medicine states that good teeth can improve athletic performance among elite athletes.
Researchers examined the oral health of nearly 300 athletes in 25 sports at the 2012 Olympics in London. They looked for conditions such as dental caries, gingivitis, dental erosion, and periodontal disease, and also asked the athletes about their recent visits to a dentist.
Study investigators also asked each athlete whether their oral health interfered with their quality of life or athletic training and performance. The study concluded that poor oral health and fewer dental visits led to an interference with the athlete's preparation for competition.
This can happen for a few reasons. Tooth pain can disrupt sleep, which leads to slower reaction times. Oral health conditions can indicate chronic inflammation in the body, which means suboptimal performances on an elite level. Tooth pain can interfere with focus during training and competition.
Unfortunately, merely taking good care of your teeth won't turn you into an Olympic gold medalist. However, the benefits can still be worthwhile. Even if healthy teeth provide little if any detectable gain in your athletic abilities, the potential benefits of maintaining a healthy mouth clearly go far beyond an attractive smile.
Although good dental health may not cause the transformation into an elite Olympic athlete, practicing good oral hygiene and seeing us regularly can promote your physical health, and maybe - just maybe - you will start to achieve an advantage over your weekend athletic opponents.