Added Concern Of A Dental-Related Sports Injury
After the spring and summer that we experienced with many activities and sport events cancelled, everyone has been eager for the fall and winter sports season to arrive. While recreational sports create a great sense of sportsmanship, good exercise habits, and team-building skills, there is also the added concern of a dental-related sports injury. Sports-related dental injuries account for approximately 40% of all dental, and with adult sports teams on the rise, children are not the only patients at risk. Continue reading to learn how to keep your family’s mouth safe while they enjoy sporting activities.
It does not take much for an accident to occur during a sporting event and result in a dental emergency of a broken, chipped, or cracked tooth. Now that sports are back underway, it is important to be sure that each family member, young or old, is taking the proper safety measures to help prevent sport injuries that can affect the teeth.
Use a Mouthguard
- If you participate in any form of athletic activity or sporting event you should be wearing a mouthguard. A mouthguard provides extra protection for your mouth and teeth. The purpose of a mouthguard is to absorb the energy at the point of impact, providing a protective barrier between the teeth and incoming objects which can cause bodily harm. A mouthguard protects against bruising, cuts, jaw fractures, dislocation, and missing teeth. Contact our office for a recommendation for a proper mouthguard.
Wear a Helmet with Face Shield
- It is important to purchase a proper helmet with a face shield for the sport that is being played. A baseball helmet would not be appropriate for football and visa versa. Using a shield, especially when playing baseball provides extra protection while batting.
Even if you follow all safety precautions a dental sports injury is always possible. It is important to remain calm and assess the situation. If you or a family member happen to sustain a dental-related sports injury, please contact our office in Wellington, FL for assistance or to make an appointment. We want to help keep your smile intact and shining bright.