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Today's BLOG will discuss how a dental guard can be one of your best defenses to prevent many dental problems associated with sports. So a dental mouthguard is a flexible, soft plastic, removable appliace that fits in your mouth and is adapted to fit comfortably to the shape of your teeth. A mouthguard will protect not only the teeth, but also your jaws, lips, tongue, cheeks, and gums. It should be worn anytime that you are participating in full-contact athletic or recreational activities that may result in injury.
The mouthguard works as a shock absorber to cusion your mouth from the effects of a blow to the face, head, or neck. Mouthguards protect teeth from not only fractures, but also hold the tongue, lips, and cheeks away from the teeth to avoid lacerations. Using a mouthguard can lessen the possiblity of concussion and TMJ dislocation while you are on the court or field. Increasingly, organized sports are requiring mouthguards to prevent injury to athletes, and research shows that most mouth injuries occur when athletes are not wearing any mouth protection.
When choosing a mouthguard, one of the most important aspects is to choose one that you will wear consistently. There are several options of mouthguards that you may chosse from. Although preformed or what is also called "boil-to-fit" mouthguards that are found in sports stores can provide some protection, your best choice is to have a custom mouthguard made for you by a professinal dental office. A custom mouthguard will be more comfortable to wear and more effective in preventing injuries.
Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean that you will give up keeping fit and active! Winter is the season for some of our favorite sporting activities, and when you are donning your protective gear, don't forget to protect your teeth as well.
BASKETBALL. This sport actually tallies as one of the highest counts of dental injuries. Running, jumping, and diving for the ball can lead to tooth and jaw injuries.
HOCKEY. Notorious for the toll that it takes on teeth, hockey is a game of sticks, ice, and whizzing pucks. The more protection the better.
SKIING. When you are flying down the slopes, combining powdery snow and speed, mouth protection just makes since.
WRESTLING. Grappling and pinning in close quarters can lead to unintended injuries after accidental contact with the mat or your opponent.
Different uniforms, different equipment, and different playing fields, but all of these sports hove one thing in common--the need for mouth protection- and the easiest way to protect your teeth while playing them is with a mouthguard. Call our office at 918-455-0123 to learn more or to make an appointment!
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!